The long awaited Maun Marathon which was scheduled to take place mid July has been postponed to August. According to Odirile Sibanda of Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC), the conclusion was reached after realisation that the set dates clashed with other annual marathons.
Sibanda said due to the fact that some athletes might want to participate in all marathons, the BNSC had no option but to consult with the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) since it is the main financier. It was concluded that athletes from across the country willing to partake in the marathon should be given a chance, also taking into consideration that those who had participated in recent marathons have to rest and recuperate before taking part in the next marathon.┬á?“It is worth noting that we have the same group of clients whom we usually invite to all other marathons, hence the decision to move Maun marathon to another date. As we speak, preparations are at an advanced stage for the Phikwe marathon billed for July, so there was no way that we could have had two marathons running in the same month.
That on its own is strenuous and wouldn’t have been fair on participants and spectators alike,” he said.?Meanwhile Maun marathon Publicity Secretary Livingstone Kentshiwe said the dates for the mini marathons slated for Shakawe, Sehithwa and Gumare remain unchanged.
They will be held at the respective villages on the 11th, 18th and 25th July respectively. He said unlike other athletes who will be expected to register for various categories, winners from the mini marathons will have automatic entry into the main marathon and will compete for the prize money. “We are also going to have extensive training for all our winners. We are currently looking for apparel and other sports merchandise because we want to see them competing at national level. And because we are gender sensitive men and women will compete for the same prize money unlike in other marathons where prizes differ according to sex,” he noted.?
Kentshitswe further said there will be four categories of 4 kilometres, 10 kilometres, 21.2 kilometres, and 42.2 kilometres all of which will be competed for by both men and women. Registration is open at Maun’s NCONGO office, Aquarite, all Cresta Hotels and online at www.ncongo.info. He stated that because Cresta is their official accommodation partner, all of their guests will be accommodated at Cresta Rileys Hotel at reduced prices. Sponsors, companies and or individuals willing to partner with Maun Marathon are encouraged to come forward as there is still time.