All roads lead to Mokhot­long

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

MORE than 500 ath­letes will bat­tle it out for the M100 000 first prizes in the male and fe­male 42.2km races in this week­end’s High Al­ti­tude Sum­mer Marathon in Mokhot­long.

The race is jointly spon­sored by the Min­istry of Gen­der, Youth, Sports and Re­cre­ation; Letšeng Min­ing and Al­liance In­sur­ance.

The Sports Min­istry’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Thabo Tsiki said they ex­pected at least 200 in­ter­na­tional run­ners to com­pete in the coun­try’s big­gest race, adding, “Ath­letes will com­pete in the main race which is the 42.2km race as well as the 21km race”.

He said there would be a 5km race strictly for run­ners aged below 17.

“We have or­gan­ised a num­ber of buses that will carry ath­letes from Maseru to Mokhot­long from to­day and it is all sys­tems go for the big­gest race in the coun­try and the fact that we have al­ready reg­is­tered over 500 run­ners shows the race is grow­ing every year,” Tsiki said.

“The coun­try’s top run­ners are among the con­tenders in the main race but we also have in­ter­na­tional run­ners who have their eyes on the big prize.

“Some in­ter­na­tional run­ners have been reg­is­tered for some months now as we had a rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the Two Oceans marathon expo in Cape Town (in March this year) while oth­ers reg­is­tered on­line.

“We have the likes of Mabuthile Le­bopo, Tsotang Maine and Mot­lokoa Nkhabut­lane,” he said.

Tsiki ap­pealed to ath­letes to “be care­ful of the supplements and ev­ery­thing they take be­fore tak­ing part in the race as it can get them in trou­ble” as was the case in the 2014 edi­tion which was over­shad­owed by the scan­dal of marathon queen, Mamoroallo Tjoka, who tested pos­i­tive af­ter win­ning the women’s race.

He said there would be ran­dom dope tests where any­one could be picked re­gard­less of whether they had won or lost.

South African Pule Hlabahla and Le­sotho’s Mole­bo­heng Mafata were the win­ners in the 2015 edi­tion.

Mot­lokoa Nkhabut­lane Mamoroallo tjoka tsotang Maine Mabuthile le­bopo

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