PPC Botswana is pulling all the stops to host the 20th edition of the Up Kgale Hill Challenge slated for 24 June 2018 in Gaborone. This year’s race which targets professional athletes from across Botswana, families and children alike will see PPC Botswana donating 50% of the proceeds from the marathon to a selected community within Botswana as the marathon celebrates its 20-year milestone.
“PPC continues to show care and uplift the communities in which it operates. We are pleased to have staged the Up Kgale Hill Marathon for 20 years. At PPC we are committed to investing in the communities in which we do business in line with Pillar 2 of our National Vision, with a strong focus on the family institution, health and wellness, social inclusion, the youth and children’s wellbeing,” said the General Manager of PPC Botswana, Tuelo Botlhole.
Furthermore, Botlhole explained that being part of the PPC Up Kgale Hill Challenge is an opportunity to be part of something bigger than oneself while getting fit in the process.
In the past, the race has included runners from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Runners can choose to run either the 15KM or 5KM course, which include going up and down the 1,287 meters high hill.
“There are prizes to be awarded for the King of the Hill & Queen of the Hill. These are the one male and one female respectively who make it to the finish line first,” read a communique this week.
Registration for the marathon is ongoing and closes on the 22nd June. Botlhole said his company continues to support physical well-being and healthy living, as well as contributing to the socio-economic development of the nation.
“This year, we have introduced a new route, which accommodates the reconstruction of the Game City – Boatle road, which has traditionally been a part of our route in the past. We would like to encourage people to register to participate, and to train as well, because it is important to be prepared, physically and mentally; particularly if you want to run the 15 km. As part of the build-up to the marathon, we have invited Thobo Kerekang to document his training journey as he prepares for the marathon, and I would like to invite you all to follow him and share your own training tips,” said Botlhole recently.