Orange Botswana has announced its sponsorship of the Phikwe Marathon which will be held in Selibe Phikwe on 30 July 2016. From today going forth, the marathon will be known as the “Orange Phikwe Marathon”. Speaking at the Press Conference to launch the partnership, Amogelang Mojuta, the Mayor of Selibe Phikwe, expressed great joy at having Orange Botswana as a sponsor of the only IAAF approved and certified marathon in the country. “It is a privilege to have Orange on board with us in this journey towards the 31st edition of the Marathon and we look forward to making this edition a befitting celebration on the year of Botswana’s 50th birthday,” he said. Mojuta said they are looking forward to working with Orange as the company’s expertise will guide the planning and actualisation of the marathon.
“With Orange on board we are looking forward to growing the marathon and making it bigger and better. We hope to build a legacy together with Orange, where all of us in the sports fraternity can work towards learning from this Marathon, and raise the benchmark in organizing future sporting events in Selebi Phikwe,” said Mojuta. In addition, the Orange Phikwe Marathon has a charitable aspect to it. According to Mojuta the marathon’s after event, the Orange Togetherness Celebrations will be used to raise funds which will then be channelled to a needy area in their society. Orange Botswana’s Events and Sponsorship Coordinator Mosarwa Molema said that as a company Orange Botswana is always looking for avenues within which they can support and contribute significantly to the growth and development of sports in the country.
“The Phikwe Marathon is our first partnership in the athletics space and we are very excited to be breaking new ground as an organisation. We are looking forward to a bigger and better edition of the marathon this year,” he said. The marathon will feature four race categories namely the 42km marathon as the main race, the 21km, 10km and 4km fun run and is open to runners across the age spectrum ranging from professional runners to amateurs and children. With over three (3) months to the marathon, runners have adequate time to register, train and prepare for the marathon. “We hope to see Batswana come out in large numbers to the event, both competitive runners as well as those who run for fitness and fun,” said Molema.