After last year’s hugely successful inaugural beMobile Francistown City Marathon, which involved over 3000 participants, Botswana Telecommunication Corporation Limited (BTCL) have once again got behind the event.
During the official launch ceremony of the marathon on Wednesday, the Corporation donated half a million Pula towards the second edition of the race, scheduled to take place on August 7.
The generous donation should help the marathon build on the success of last year’s event.
Organisers are also optimistic about getting the race accredited by the International Athletics Association (IAAF), which would mean participants could use the event to qualify for other international competitions.
The marathon’s organising chairman, Ben Tobedza, is understandably keen for this to happen, as he explains, “Once this race is recognised or accredited by the IAAF it will attract more international runners.
“Last year the runners used the race to qualify for the Comrades’ marathon in South Africa. This time around we are working with the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) to have the race recognised. They have promised to help with obtaining affiliation from the world governing body,” said Tobedza.
Last year the Francistown marathon attracted runners from Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The event even managed to double its initial target of 1 500 participants.
BTCL’s General Manager of Strategy, Christopher Diswai urged the people of Francistown to turn up in their numbers and embrace the marathon as their own.
Explaining why the telecommunication giant’s felt the need to support the marathon, Diswai said, “BTCL is proud to be associated with such a great achievement and to continue to sponsor such a noble initiative – an initiative that aims to raise funds for charitable causes while promoting friendship and a healthy lifestyle.”
The BTCL representative concluded by saying, “On the day let us all run for something, whether it be for health, charity or friendship.”