It is all systems go for the inaugural Francistown city marathon, the beMOBILE Francistown City Marathon, with all the routes having been confirmed ahead of the much-anticipated event on Sunday.
BeMobile communications manager Tiro Kganela says routes have been confirmed, taking into account aspects such as road points closures, positioning of refreshment stations and supporter zone accessibility.
Through the event, Kganela says beMOBILE aims to delight spectators as well as adding vibrancy to the city of Francistown through the race.
“This beMOBILE Francistown Marathon event models itself on the scenic beauty and the heritage of the oldest city in Botswana,” he says. The marathon has been divided into four main events - 4km, 10km, 21km and 42km. It starts at the old Francistown Stadium at 5am on Sunday February 15, ending with a cut-off time of 1:30 pm.
Starting off in the Francistown stadium precinct, the route meanders out towards all directions of the city taking in scenic attractions such as the old Government Camp and historic Blue Jacket Street downtown Francistown CBD. For the 10 kilometres, the route is a fast and flat one, starting at the stadium start/finish point at 8:20 am. The other races take place on different times, with the 42 kilometres starting at 5:30 am, while the 21 kilometres and 4 kilometres Fun Run – will start at 8:30 am. Participants are required to register online by visiting www.beMobilefrancistownmarathon.co.bw or at Ntshe House in Francistown and the BTCL Commercial Centre in Gaborone.
They need to collect their registration kits in person on Friday 13, 2015 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday February 14, from 9:00am to 10:00 pm at Francistown Stadium.
“Valid ID/Passport will be required. And any person collecting numbers on behalf of other runners must bring a letter confirming the request to collect the number and a copy of the runner’s ID/ Passport,” explains Kganela. The event will be broadcast live on RB 2 – capturing a festivity and an ambience of hospitality marquees with live entertainment and smme stalls. “As a title sponsor, beMOBILE, we are of the belief that the event is a powerful opportunity to bring a broad cross-section of people together and unite them in one cause, for the betterment of others,” Kganela says.