BE Mobile Sponsors Francistown Marathon

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

BE Mobile has sponsored the newly launched Francistown Marathon billed for February next year to the tune of half a million pula.

Speaking at the media and stakeholder launch of the marathon on November 5, head of corporate communications at Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL), Tiro Kganela said through the sponsorship, be Mobile was trying to help bring vibrance to the city of Francistown.

Kganela said the marathon was a charity event and the registration fees would be donated to charity. He said registration for participation in the marathon could be done at all be Mobile shops around the country, the Francistown Investment office and on-line.

Earlier, the chairperson of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Ben Tobedza said he is optimistic that the marathon will bring life to Francistown because it seems every activity is focused in Gaborone. He said the marathon will also accord investors an opportunity to interact with the community.

He said the marathon is not only a one day event but a sequence of social events. Tobedza said the marathon’s registration fees are P150 for 42km to 10 km, P100 for people under the age of 18 years for 21 km and P50 for the 4km fun run.

The marathon will also have a special category for wheelchair bound people. He said groups and schools clubs should contact the marathon office for consideration on different merits, adding that the target is 2500 runners and all villages north of Dibete are targeted.

The marathon, which is recognised by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC), Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC), Botswana Athletics Association (BAA), Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) and Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) will boost all business across the board in Francistown, he said. He said though the marathon is a pilot project affiliated to BAA it is not a qualifier to International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

LOC race director, Stellan Bengtson said prizes for the marathon winners will be announced in the near future as they are not yet decided. BAA, he said, had the right to decide whether the marathon is IAAF qualifier or not. He further said the registration fees were set low in order to attract a good number of runners.

Francistown district commissioner, Cordelia Mpape said the initiative is a welcome development towards the objective of making Francistown an investment hub of excellence. She said Francistown needs businesses with corporate social responsibility such as be Mobile.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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