Date set for top marathon

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE 2015 High Al­ti­tude Sum­mer Marathon takes place on 5 De­cem­ber in Mokhot­long and is ex­pected to at­tract more ath­letes this year, one of the or­gan­is­ers has said.

Over 115 000 lo­cal and for­eign run­ners reg­is­tered for the race last year, and Mo­qhali is hop­ing for a big­ger field this time around.

Mo­qhali fur­ther said the event’s main spon­sors — Letšeng Di­a­monds and the Min­istry of Gen­der, Sport, Youth and Recre­ation — re­main on board de­spite the dop­ing scan­dal which rocked the race last year.

‘Mamoroallo Tjoka, who won the fe­male cat­e­gory of the main 42kilo­me­tre race, was sus­pended for two years af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for banned, per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs. Ramolefi Mot­sieloa, who came sec- ond in the male cat­e­gory of the main race, was also found to have used il­le­gal drugs dur­ing the same race and slapped with a two-year sus­pen­sion.

Mo­qhali said: “This year’s race will take place on 5 De­cem­ber and we be­lieve it is go­ing to be as suc­cess­ful as last year’s edi­tion.

“Reg­is­tra­tion has been open since April, but sur­pris­ingly, less than 30 ath­letes have reg­is­tered so far.”

How­ever, Mo­qhali does not be­lieve last year’s scan­dal is go­ing to neg­a­tively im­pact on the event.

“I don’t want to be­lieve the ath­letes’ sus­pen­sion will have any neg­a­tive im­pact on the race.

“Since reg­is­tra­tion is open un­til 4 De­cem­ber and we are only in Oc­to­ber, I be­lieve the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants will in­crease with time.”

Re­gard­ing the spoils, Mo­qhali says there is no change in the prize monies, with win­ners of the 42km race in both the male and fe­male cat­e­gory set to pocket M100 000 each.

All in all, the com­pe­ti­tion is bankrolled to the tune of M1.5 mil­lion.

Lebenya Nkoka won the male’s edi­tion of the race in 2014.

The High Al­ti­tude Sum­mer Marathon was in­tro­duced as the Mokhot­long City Marathon in 2003. The race ini­tially cov­ered 32.2 km be­fore its ex­ten­sion by 10km. In ad­di­tion, the event also in­cludes 21.1 km and 10 km races.

‘Mamoroallo Tjoka.

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