HEADING TO THE FINISH LINE

All roads will this weekend lead to the mining town of Selibe Phikwe for the annual Bosele Marathon which is divided in three marathon categories.
Of the three, only 42.2 will be used as a qualification race and local athletes will be there to try their luck. The 15 and 4 kilometre races would not be used to qualify but tense competition is expected from them.
Botswana Athletics Association, Senior Development Officer, Bobby Gaseitsiwe told Voice Sport that the athletes will get a chance to book their place in the coming Commonwealth games and other races for next year.
Spokesperson of the marathon’s Local Organising Committee, Tiro Kganela revealed that they are all geared for the biggest race in the country and that the mining town is ready to receive visitors and competitors to this event.
At 1 500 runners are expected to take part in the marathon.
“The race grows each year and we believe the price money also attracts people.  It will be the first time for a winner in this kind of a race to walk away with P25 000,” Kganela said.
 Kganela further said there would be international athletes from various countries in Southern Africa.
“We have athletes from Namibia , South Africa , Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Zambia,” he said.
The race has become the flagship event for the country as it is the biggest and oldest in Botswana
“As a national championships race,athletes use it to qualify for international races.” an excited Kganela explained
He further said there would be a lot of improvements in the weekend’s race compared to the previous ones.
“Sponsorships and the size of the event will keep people in Phikwe for more than a day. The Marathon also has a main sponsor -Mascom enjoying exclusive naming rights. Others are Botswana Tourism Organisation, BCL , MRI ,Legal Guard, Botswana Insurance Company ,Bamangwato Motors ,Discovery Drillers , Selebi Phikwe Town Council and many more” Kganela said.
As is the norm the marathon will attract senior citizens in the fun race from the whole country.
Whilst this is a sport event it is expected that the entire Phikwe community will benefit and Kganela told Voice Sport that the LOC have done their best to make sure that the entire business community maximises the benefits on board.
“The LOC has partnered with local SME’s to have a flea market with the Marathon precinct dubbed the Mascom Village.” he said
The first prize for both men and women races – P25 000
15k first prize for both men and women races – 10 000
4k first prize for both men and women races – P1000
In addition there are second prizes  in all the other categories.