Fire­works ex­pected at High Al­ti­tude Marathon

Sunday Express - - Sport -

THE Le­sotho Sport and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) ex­pects greater com­pe­ti­tion at this year’s an­nual High Al­ti­tude Sum­mer Marathon takes place in Mokhot­long on Satur­day.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2003, the coun­try’s big­gest race has been un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Sports and Recre­ation min­istry but it was trans­ferred to the LSRC last month.

The race is di­vided into three cat­e­gories of 5 kilo­me­tres, 21.1 kilo­me­tres and the main 42.2 kilo­me­tre race.

Win­ners of the main race will walk away M100 000 richer while the first and sec­ond run­ners up will pocket M60 000 and M40 000 re­spec­tively in the male and fe­male cat­e­gories.

The half marathon (21.1km) win­ners will get M20 000 with first and sec­ond run­ners up get­ting M12 000 and M8000 re­spec­tively.

The third cat­e­gory of the race is 5 kilo­me­tre for un­der-17 ath­letes and the prizes range are M5000, M4000 and M3400 for the win­ners and the first and sec­ond run­ners up re­spec­tively.

LSRC public re­la­tions of­fi­cer Re­filoe Maphal­lela re­cently told the me­dia in Maseru that prepa­ra­tions were at an ad­vanced stage and they ex­pected at least 1000 run­ners in all three cat­e­gories.

“This is our first time in full con­trol on the race and we want it to be the most mem­o­rable race ever in the coun­try,” Maphal­lela said.

“About 200 run­ners have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in this year’s event and we are ex­pect­ing at least 1000 in all cat­e­gories.

“The marathon will start at Mafola­neng at 6am while the half marathon start­ing point is at Ha Khatleli at 6:30 am. The five kilo­me­tre race start­ing point will be at Tha­bang 30 min­utes later with the fin­ish line at Pitso Ground Mokhot­long.

“Reg­is­tra­tions are open and will close on the day of the race an hour be­fore the start­ing times. Run­ners 20 years and older qual­ify for the marathon and those who are 18 and above qual­ify for the half marathon. The five kilo­me­tre event is for the un­der- 17 as it is a de­vel­op­ment race.”

Maphal­lela said the en­try fees were as fol­lows: M200 for in­ter­na­tional ath­letes and M75 for lo­cals in the marathon.

M175 for in­ter­na­tional ath­letes and M70 for lo­cals in the half-marathon. Both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal ath­letes will pay M50 for the five kilo­me­tre.

Maphal­lela fur­ther said they ex­pected top in­ter­na­tional run­ners in­clud­ing five Kenyans.

“This is one of the top races in the re­gion and we there­fore ex­pect top ath­letes from out­side the coun­try so we have sent out in­vi­ta­tions es­pe­cially to some Kenyans and as we know ev­ery Kenyan run­ner is a top ath­lete,” he said.

The Le­sotho duo of Te­boho Sello and ‘Makam­pong Ma­saile Let­sie won last year’s race while the half marathon was won by Khoarahlana Seut­loali and Ntha­be­leng Let­sela.

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