Mantshwabisi Excitement Soars [press release]

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

As this year’s Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1 000 Desert Race draws nearer, the festivity fever is already on the air notwithstanding the ongoing world cup excitement in Brazil. With many fans of the country’s annual and only marathon event in the Donaldson calendar looking forward to a fun filled activity at the new host town of Jwaneng, enthusiasts are already set for the big event in terms of camping equipment and transport, among other things.

As this year’s Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1 000 Desert Race draws nearer, the festivity fever is already on the air notwithstanding the ongoing world cup excitement in Brazil. With many fans of the country’s annual and only marathon event in the Donaldson calendar looking forward to a fun filled activity at the new host town of Jwaneng, enthusiasts are already set for the big event in terms of camping equipment and transport, among other things.

The fans have managed to create all the necessary hype and buzz around the country’s biggest social and sporting event of the year, commonly known as Mantshwabisi, which also attracts visitors from neighbouring countries such as South Africa. According to official sources, about 19 designated spectator points along the 1 000 kilometre route have been put in place to cater for thousands of enthusiasts expected to watch the race from June 27 to 29. The route director, Mr Adri Roets has been quoted on the cross country racing official website as saying the 19 designated spectator pints have numerous vantage points that will be well known to the local population.

Mr Roets adds that the area has received good rains and the vegetation is pleasant and green, except for the route which is sandy, rocky, and bushy with lots of tree stumps. The official source says the 100 kilometre route for the June 27 qualifying race to determine grid positions will take competitors from Jwaneng to Sese before branching towards Mokhomma and then doubling back to the finish in Jwaneng. On Day Two of the race, competitors will complete two loops of approximately 225 kilometres with a 15 minute halt at a designated service point in Jwaneng, the end of the first lap. The route again takes crews towards Mokhomma, Lefhoko and Maokane before doubling back to the finish. The third and final day, contestants will complete two loops of approximately 190 kilometres, with another compulsory stopover after the first lap. Then the route will head towards Sese, Tshono, Tsonyane and Lefhoko on the way to the finish. Competitors in Class G in the Production Vehicle category will complete a 60 kilometre qualifying race. One exciting element at this year’s race is that the motorcycle and quad race on June 27 and 28 organised by Botswana Motorsport, are again included in the Dakar Challenge. The winners of the Desert Race and the invitation motorcycle race will receive free entries into next year’s Dakar Rally in South America. Race headquarters, the startfinish and the designated service park will all be located in the Jwaneng Sports Complex and the adjoining showground. Public access to these areas will be restricted, but spectator points on the route are open to fans at no charge. (BOPA)

Source : Government of Botswana

Category: Sports

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