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beMOBILE Francistown Marathon: All system Go

BTCL Head of Corporate Communications, Tiro Kganela chats to WeekendSports about the role of beMOBILE in the upcoming Francistown Marathon. The event has created a lot of hype in the north eastern city. Multitudes are registering to participate in the marathon.

Give us the latest update about the beMOBILE Francistown Marathon.

With the full support of external stakeholders involved, routes have been confirmed, taking into account aspects such as road closures, positioning of refreshment stations and supporter zone accessibility, but also remaining true to our objective; delighting our customers and making the city of Francistown alive. This beMOBILE Francistown Marathon event models itself on the scenic beauty and the heritage of the oldest city in Botswana. We confident it will be very successful.

How many races should we expect in the beMOBILE Francistown Marathon?

There are four main events – 4km, 10km, 21km, and 42km. The Marathon starts at the old Francistown Stadium at 5am on Sunday 15th February 2015 ending with a cut-off time of 1.30 pm. Starting off in the stadium precinct, the route meanders out towards all directions of the city taking in scenic attractions such as the old Government Camp and historic  Blue Jacket Street downtown Francistown CBD. For the 10km, the route is a fast and flat one, starting at in the stadium start/finish point at 8.20am. The other  races take place on different times, as follows  – 42km – 05:30 am ,21km  and  4km Fun Run – 08:30 am.

What is the process of registration?

Planned and organised under the regulations of the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the beMOBILE Francistown Marathon is open to all. Following standard protocol, runners are required to register online by visiting or at Ntshe House in Francistown and the BTCL Commercial Centre in Gaborone. They need to collect their registration kits in person on Friday 13 February 2015 from 09:00 to  20:00  and  Saturday 14  February 2015 from 09:00 to 22:00 at Francistown Stadium.  Valid ID/Passport is required. Any person collecting numbers on behalf of other runners must bring a letter confirming the request to collect the number and a copy  of  the runner’s ID/ Passport. The event will be a live broadcast on Rb 2 –capturing a festivity and an ambience of hospitality marquees with live entertainment and smme stalls.

What is beMOBILE’s involvement in the Marathon?

As the title sponsor, beMOBILE, we are of the belief that the event is a powerful opportunity to bring a broad cross-section of people together and unite them in one cause, for the betterment of others. A key characteristic of the beMOBILE Francistown Marathon is its social responsibility approach and the opportunity it offers both the running community and well-wishers alike, to really make a tangible difference in the lives of others. This resonates well with our established tradition of corporate social responsibility and our belief in doing good for this nation.

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