MASERU — Athletics guru, Chaplin Mpomane, has organised a half-marathon race that will form part of the countries Independence celebrations scheduled to take place in Teyateyaneng from October 5 to 6.
Mpomane who is the president of the Chaplin Development Athletics Club (CADAC) told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday that the main aim of this competition is to develop young talent within the athletics circles.
“This race is intended to develop promising young talented athletes and also raise funds for our club,” Mpomane said.
It will be for the second successive year that CADAC successfully host the competition.
The marathon consists of the 21.1-kilometre race for both male and female athletes above 17 years and the 5km race for athletes below 17. “Athletics have been experiencing serious problems in recent years especially the development of talented young athletes and that is why we felt the need to have this annual race.
He said registration is still open and they expect more athletes to register for the race.
“The race is slowly growing and seems to be attracting a lot of athletes even those coming from outside the country,” said Mpomane.
He noted that part of the monies raised during the race will be donated to charity homes around the Berea district.
Mpomane said they are getting financial assistance from Blue Mountain Inn Hotel (BMI) to host the race.
He thanked the hotel for the financial boost that will help them host a successful event.
“We are very grateful to our sponsors for the financial support and hope that more companies will join in to make the event grow,” he said.