The inaugural Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT) half marathon race will kick off this coming Sunday at Riverwalk Mall.
The race, which is organised by LKCT in conjunction with the Steinmetz Gaborone Marathon, will serve as a preparatory race for the annual Steinmetz Gaborone marathon.
Speaking in an interview, the LKCT half marathon co-organiser Stellan Bengtsson said the event is expected to be an annual feature in the local racing calendar.
“We expect this race to be held every April as a warm up to the Steinmetz Gaborone marathon,” the LKCT half marathon organiser said.
Apart from serving as a practice race for the gruelling Steinmetz marathon, Bengtsson said the race is also a part of the Lady Khama Charitable Trust to raise funds for its various charities.
“LKCT has been involved in a lot of projects and they have now decided to venture into sports. This will be their first charitable race and this is expected to be the beginning of their involvement,” Bengtsson explained.
He said the 21 km inaugural LKCT half marathon will be divided into four competitive categories, namely the Open category, juniors, veterans and masters categories.
“All these categories will be focused into men and ladies. The open category is open to all people aged 19 and above. The juniors will be 16-18 years, masters 40 – 59 years while the veterans will be 50 years and above,” the race’s co-organiser explained.
Bengtsson said that at stake will be cash prizes for the top three performers in each category.
“The winners in the open category will be awarded P2 000 cash, the runner-ups P1 000 and 3rd place will be given P500.
As for the juniors, masters and veterans, winners will pocket P1 000, second P500 while third will walk away with P250.
“The prize monies will be equal between the men and ladies’ categories,” he explained. The 21 km race, which is set to start and finish at the Riverwalk Mall will see athletes running a 10,5 km route from the starting point towards Gaborone Dam before returning through the same route to the starting point. The race will start at 0700 hrs in the morning.