Lady Khama Run 21 Trail Run is an annual off and on road competitive fundraiser run hosted by Lady Khama Charitable Trust. It is now on its sixth installment and this year it will be held this coming Sunday. It consists of 5, 10 and 21.1 kilometers (km) distances, with race categories of Master, Veteran, Open and Junior. Lady Khama Charitable Trust Chairman Dale Ter Haar said the date was selected as it “gives runners (Gaborone Half Marathon and The Diacore Gaborone Marathon) ample time to recuperate between marathons.”
Ter Haar also said “runners will get to experience the Gaborone Game Reserve as a major part of their route. They will later merge with the 10km runners using the well-worn out routes on the back road along the Tlokweng River, passing points of interest such as the Ngotwane Suspension Bridge, The Village old prisons and Thapong Visual Arts Center. They will also run through one of the oldest areas in Gaborone, The Village.”
According to Ter Haar there will be marshals and traffic police at all intersections during the race. He said his team has pulled all stops to make provisions for onsite paramedics from RescueOne. “There will also be hydration on route by O3 Beverages. The mapping will also be provided by Hatfield Consultants Africa, Third-Party Insurance and BOC and Bryte Insurance Solutions. The objective of all this support is to make sure that all our runners are safe,” he said.
With generous donations of P 100,000.00 and P80, 000.00 from BOMAID and SPAR respectively, Ter Haar is confident they will deliver a worthwhile running experience to participants. “As this is a fundraising run there will be no prize to win. However the first 1600 runners to cross the finish line will receive finisher medals and the first 2000 runners a Choppies Goodie Bag,” he said.
Lady Khama Charity Trust has been in operation since 2002 and to date they have disbursed over P15 million. This has been achieved through once off and monthly donations from local companies and individuals; as well as through hosting annual fundraising activities such as the Lady K. RUN21 Trail Run.