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Maun marathon set for July


History has shown that Maun is a top  hosts of  some of successful events in Botswana, now on the playcards is hosting the maiden instalment of the Maun Marathon schedulled for July 2015.

Maun marathon comes exactly 100 years after the establishment of Maun hence it will form part of the festivities celebrating 100 years of existence  of modern day Maun.

Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (NCONGO) who are organizers of the event through this project aim mainly to raise funds for charity.

“Our focus this year will be on assisting the elderly and orphans. We have realized the need for an old age day care centre in Botswana and we intend to raise funds through the proceeds of the marathon to construct an Old Age Centre in Maun, the first ever in Botswana,” say NCONGO officials.

The marathon in addition also aims to promote sports tourism in Maun and to continually brand Botswana as a tourism destination of choice by providing diversity.  NCONGO believes that Maun as a tourism hub, boasts of Okavango Delta, Tsodilo Hills, Lake Ngami, Thamalakane River and other rich attractions of tourists, it remains appropriate to start holding an event of this magnitude in Maun.  

The event will be precursed by mini marathons in the Ngamiland Region with events  in Seronga, Shakawe, Gumare and Sehithwa. Runners will be drawn from these events and the grand finale will be in Maun. The event will include a 4, 10, and 21 km race,  and in these races professional athletes are expected to add up to fun runners who will partake in them. Recognising the diversity within humanity, there will also be a special race dedicated to people living with disability.   
    
NCONGO was established in 2008 and serves as the umbrella body of Ngamiland Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in matters related to sustainable social and economic development. The organization was set up to coordinate the efforts and raise the profile of the needs of NGOs in Ngamiland, to assist in capacity building of member organizations and to facilitate networking and communication within the region.

Over the past 5 years NCONGO is reported to have implemented projects that have touched peoples’ lives and transformed the NGO community in Ngamiland into some of the most successful entities in terms of governance and project management.

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