PPC Botswana hosted the 20th edition of the Up Kgale Hill Challenge on the 24th June 2018 attracting families, children and professional runners from across Botswana, as well as runners from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia.
A total of P47, 600.00 was awarded to various runners including the grand prize of P7, 500.00 for the King & Queen of the Hill Sibusiso Nzima (finishing at 49:48) and Onneile Dintwe (01:01:32) respectively. Prizes also went out to other categories including junior, veteran and master runners.
For the 20th Anniversary edition of the Marathon, PPC introduced a new route, in order to accommodate the reconstruction of the Game City – Boatle road that has traditionally been a part of the route in the past. Mr. Tuelo Botlhole, General Manager of PPC Botswana said, “The Up Kgale Hill Challenge has in the past attracted runners from South Africa and Namibia, many of whom are professional runners who look for interesting and challenging marathons to participate in, and a number of them have joined us again today.”
He further stated that PPC is committed to positively affecting the communities in which it does business. This year, 50% of the proceeds from the marathon will be invested in community development projects in the form of cement. This year the primary beneficiary will be Mokolodi Creche; PPC Botswana will assist them to complete the construction of an ablution block, a kitchen extension and contribute cement towards an additional classroom.
Runners participated in the 15 km or 5 km Fun Run, which included scaling and descending the 1,287-meter high hill. Mr. Botlhole thanked those who took part in the race, as they participated in an event that goes beyond health and fitness. Having been part of the marathon meant indirectly being part of the betterment of vulnerable members of Botswana society.