GABORONE, Botswana, September 2019 – The annual Botswana Life Classic Run National Half Marathon took place on Sunday 8th September 2019, at Botswana Life Head Office in Fairgrounds Office Park. The much-loved event attracted more than 1,100 marathon enthusiasts, with Botswana Life CEO, Ronald Samuels at the starting line to send off the runners.
2019 saw a new suite of winners with Rapula Diphoko taking first position in the senior male 21.1km race with a time of 1:07:24. He was closely followed by Sesebo Matlapeng with 1:07:27 and Amantle with 1:07:40. Namibian runner, Leena Ekandjo won the senior female category with a time of 1:20:14, followed by Kefilwe Galeitsiwe with 1:23:58 and Keneilwe Kwena with 1:25:48. In the corporate challenge BUAN (Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources) took the crown for a second consecutive year, much to the delight of the crowd.
In the 10km race, senior male category, Sylvester Koko once again took the title with an astonishing 30:53 followed by Dikgakgamatso with 35:23 and in third position, Batungamili Zibani with 36:08. Under the women’s category, Laone Moloi came shining through with a time of 41:50, having taken second position in the previous year. She was followed by Violet Oneile with 53:22.
First prize in the 21.1km open race for both men and women was P7 000, with second and third position winners taking P5 000, and P3 000 respectively. For the 10km race, winners walked away with a cash prize of P3 500 while the runner up took P2 000 and P1 000 for third place. In the junior men and women categories, winners walked away with P3 000 first prize, P2 000 second prize and P1500 third prize. While the masters category saw a P1 500 cash prize for first place, P1 000 prize for second place and P750 prize for third place.
Said Botswana Life PR, Communications and Marketing Manager Gabriel Tlagae, “Achieving National Half Marathon status is a great feat for us as the Botswana Life Classic Run. We are truly proud of the growth the marathon has undergone over the years. We remain passionate about promoting health and wellness in Botswana, and looking at the number of runners today, it is safe to say, we are well on our way to being a healthy and prosperous Nation.”
The leading insurer expressed its determination to continue to play its part in promoting health and wellness and encouraging Batswana to live an active lifestyle.
“A heartfelt congratulations goes out to all the winners; they did a splendid job. We would also like to acknowledge and thank all the participants, with a special mention to our organising committee and astounding number of volunteers. I can confidently say that each water point was manned by excited and motivated individuals who helped our runners get to the finish line. We would also like to thank all our sponsors and partners, as well as the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) whom once again, have helped us pull off another successful marathon. We certainly look forward to running with you again, in 2020!” concluded Tlagae.