FILE PICTURE: Runner at Gaborone City Marathon

Top local and international athletes are expected to compete in this year’s PPC King of the Hill Race, sponsored by Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Botswana for the twelfth consecutive year.
The race, according to PPC Botswana, Sales and Distribution Manager Tuelo Botlhole,  will start at PPC Botswana’s Head Office in the Gaborone West Industrial Site at 7am on Sunday, May 30.  The route, he said, will take athletes around the industrial area, past Game City through the Kgale Quarry up to the top of Kgale Hill and then back to PPC Botswana.
“This has become an important annual event in the Botswana/Gaborone race calendar and we are expecting more than 300 runners to participate,” he said.
Botlhole said PPC Botswana has invested P60 000.00 into the race this year, which will go towards cash prizes totaling P11 600.00 and ensuring all participants receive medals and T-shirts.
Entry forms will be available at the national stadium from Tuesdays, 18 May to Thursdays 20 May between 17h00 and 18h00. Entry fee per runner is P30.00 and Registration will close at 12h00 on Saturday 29th May with late entry fee increasing to be P40.00.  “We are expecting Ndabili Bashangile, Kaelo Mosalagae, Kabo Gabaseme and James John, to compete for the first prize as well as the course record holder, Luwis Masunda of Zimbabwe,” Botlhole said.
The record for the 15 kilometer race is 47 minutes 32 seconds set in 2005.  The senior women’s record stands at 57 minutes 8 seconds set in 2000 by Samukeliso Moyo, also of Zimbabwe. “PPC Botswana considers the sponsorship of this event to be part of its contribution to building a healthy nation through sports,” Botlhole said.
“We, along with the Gaborone Runners’ Club, encourage all sports enthusiasts to participate in the race which has proven to be a fun annual event.”