The much-anticipated Botswana Life Classic Run Half Marathon took place this past weekend at Botswana Life Head Office in Fairgrounds Office Park in Gaborone.Godiraone Nthompe took first position in the senior male category in a 21.1km race at a time of 1:08:10.2, closely followed by Sesebo Matlapeng at 1:08:10.5 and Tholego Keithekile with 1:10:03.0.
Phatsimo Moikabi won the senior female category with 1:49:12.0 while Wame Ntwayakgosi managed to secure second position with 1:59:49.1 and Ai Homma coming in third with a time of 2:06:06.2. In the corporate challenge, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources(BUAN) came out victorious while Aon Botswana and BancABC took second and third place respectively.
In the 10km race, senior male category, Sylvester Koko crossed the finish line first with an astonishing 31:05.3 followed by Kagiso Kebatshwaretse with 32:48.6 and in third position, Goitsemodimo Mokgalagadi with 33:24.8. Under the junior female category, Oratile Nowe came out on top at 37:08.1 followed by Laone Moloi with 37:09.8 and Lame Nare clocking 37:10.7.First prize in the 21.1km race was P10 000, with second and third position winners taking P7 500, and P5 000 respectively in both male and female categories.
For the 10km race, winners walked away with a cash prize of P5000 while the runner up took P2 500 and P1 500 for third place.Botswana Life PR, Communications and Marketing Manager, Tebogo Keepotsoe said, “We are very happy with the turnout. People came out in their numbers to participate in the run, both young and old, which is truly comforting, as the Classic Run is not merely for professional athletes, it is our way of promoting health and wellness.”
The insurer expressed its determination to continue to play its part in promoting health and wellness and encouraging Batswana to live an active lifestyle.“We would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all those who participated in our silver jubilee.
We would also like to thank all our sponsors, partners and volunteers, with special mention to the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) for helping us pull off a smooth marathon. We are confident that next year’s run will be more successful,” Keepetsoe said.