Organisers of the ‘Run Maun Marathon’ anticipate a higher number of participants for this year’s edition billed for October 28th, 2023.
Organised by Botswana Tertiary Student Sports Association (BOTESSA), the marathon is sponsored by the First National Bank of Botswana (FNBB) at a tune of P1 million for a three-year period.
This past Saturday, Maun witnessed a dynamic kickoff to the upcoming 2nd edition as organisers hosted their official activation event at the Maun Sports Complex.
From the early morning, participants gathered at the venue for arrivals and warming up, setting the energetic tone for the day. The starting signal sounded at 6 am, marking the commencement of the runs. The activation drew a crowd of around 50 enthusiastic individuals who engaged in various distances, including 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers. Additionally, the event provided on-site registration option for the main marathon event set for late this month.
Dolly Ramatla, BOTESSA’s marketing officer explained that the activation was designed to spark interest among the general public, inviting them to partake in the exhilarating free run while also encouraging participation in the main event through in-person registrations.
Meanwhile, one of the event’s organisers Mpho Aaron projects an increase in attendance for this year’s edition, aiming to surpass the previous year’s count of 200 participants by targeting an estimated 300.
In an interview, Aaron expressed his aspirations for the marathon to contribute to the nurturing of local talent within Botswana, with the ultimate goal of gaining international recognition under the World Athletics Commission.
For those interested in becoming a part of this marathon experience, Run Maun offers easy access through their social media presence on Facebook and other official online platform. Aspiring participants can seamlessly register online for the main event scheduled for October, aligning themselves with the vibrant running community that Run Maun has cultivated.
The event’s program features an exciting lineup of four races, encompassing distances of 5, 10, 21, and 42 kilometers.