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BDF to host half marathon in Mogoditshane.

Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Athletics Club will host the first edition of Mogoditshane half marathon on August 26.

The marathon is expected to attract 500 participants all over the country and registration for participation is ongoing.

The race will also cater for people living with disability in the junior and senior men categories and ladies categories in the 10km races.

Already a number of organisations have come on baord to sponsor the marathon.

According to BDF Athletics Club chairperson, Major Edward Joseph some proceeds from the marathon would be channelled towards charity activities in Mogoditshane.

He said this during a media briefing on Thursday.

Major Joseph said the selection process of those who would be assisted will be done through proper channels through the engagement of social workers.

The club, he said was mandated to offer better opportunities to young athletes who were not fortunate enough to proceed to senior or tertiary schools adding that such athletes had found their home in BDF Athletics Club.

Major Joseph said athletes such as Gaone Bathoeng and Nema Tiango, who were the products of the club, had already represented the country in various international races.

He said he was impressed with the standard and quality of many other athletics events adding that such events had improved and athletes had an array of athletics activities to choose from.

'We had initially expected 300 runners but the number has since increased to 500,' he said.

Major Joseph said the club had athletes all over the country as it had been cooperating with other clubs as technical advisors.

He said the theme; Run together as one, symbolised the need to work as a team in order to achieve great results as resembled in the club's motto, Teamwork makes dreamwork.

Major Joseph further said the club was committed to offer a high standard race with partners such as Mogoditshane Police among others.

Kgosi Solomon Dihutso of Mogoditshane thanked the club for having found the need to assist the community and the sponsors who saw it fit to be part of the charity event.

For registration, one has to part with P150 for 21km, P75 for 10km and P50 for 5km race.

Winners of 21km will walk away with P4 000 and P1 200 for 10km while people living with disability will get P600 and veterans P700.

Meanwhile, Hollard Botswana has sposnored the event with P36 000 and Climate Control with P10 000.

FSG also sponsored the race with P8 000 for the junior 21km category, MVA P5 500 for both 10km races, BPOMAS P5 000 for senior 10km race while Impression House will provide burners and teardrops for the event. will market the event.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Aug 5, 2018
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