Saturday, June 15, 2024

Marathon club sprints for road safety 

The scourge of road accidents and associated tragedies need concerted efforts to eliminate them. 

Gaborone Striders Runners club has come up with an initiative to create awareness towards eliminating roads mishaps. Striders will be running a marathon to promote safer roads for road users. The club has come up with The Gaborone Striders City Marathon to promote awareness of safer roads. 

“We are promoting Safer roads for all, runners, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists,” said Kitso Boiteto club’s public relations officer on the objectives of the marathon. 

The other aim of the marathon, Boiteto says, is to bring the best running experience for the fitness community. 

The marathon is sanctioned by the Botswana Athletics Association and also accredited to the World Athletics and Olympics. 

The marathon, which is targeting around 2000 runners. “It will be the best running experience ever, a running experience as you’ve never had it…with huge plans for the future of marathon running in Botswana, it’s our inaugural marathon and we urge all fitness fanatics ,runners, walkers, hikers, cyclists to come along and join us,” explained Boiteto.  

The Striders Runners club is a running club with vast experience in organizing running events locally such as the Orange Phikwe Marathon, the Botswana Life Classic, the Boitekanelo College Race. 

“Running is what we do and we always leave runners with a happy face,”says Boiteto. The club promises participants an enjoyable competition.

This coming Saturday (22nd April) the club will have the final activation before the main event on the 30th April.

Registration fees for the marathon are, P350 for 42.2km, P300 for 21.1km, P250 for 10km, P200 for 5km family fun walk /run.

The marathon is supported by UB Foundation, Orange Botswana, Calumni Professionals, About Physio, Lira Securities, Venture Partners Botswana, and Boitekanelo College. 

Gaborone Striders Runners Club is a social running club registered with Register of Societies for almost 10 years now and is run professionally with an elected executive committee. 

GSRC was formed by a group of individuals who wanted to run together to train for participating in the annual Comrades Marathon in South Africa, but then continued beyond that as the group grew and realized that they wanted to pursue long distance running as a hobby.

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