Windfall for marathon winner

Windfall for marathon winner

MASERU – The prize monies for the 2018 High Altitude Summer Marathon have been significantly increased and this year’s winner of the 42 kilometre marathon showpiece will go home with a whopping M120 000. It is the first time the winner’s purse exceeds M100 000.
The runner up, meanwhile, will receive M80 000 while the third-place finisher will go home with M40 000.
The High Altitude Summer Marathon is exclusively organised by the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) after the race was handed over to the commission by the Ministry of Sports last year.

This year will be the first time the LSRC organises the race on its own and the increase in prize money is an attempt by the commission to make the race more appealing.
Registrations for the High Altitude Summer Marathon are already open online while there are also registration points at the LSRC offices.
The deadline to book a place in the race is November 30.
According to LSRC operations manager Teboho Malataliana, the increment of prize monies is part of efforts to attract more athletes to enter.
Last year the race was won by Lebenya Nkoka in the men’s category while ‘Mamoroallo Tjoka took the crown in the women’s category.
“The deadline for registration is November 30, however, I cannot confirm the number of local runners that have registered so far as we are yet to review that data,” Malataliana said.
“We do have registration points LSRC offices and we are going to hold races several times before the High Altitude Summer Marathon to encourage participants to register for it,” he added.
“It is the second time we are holding this marathon but this year LSRC is solely organising unlike last year when we were helped by the ministry as they handed over the race to us,” Malataliana said.

“This year to increase participation we have introduced a 10 kilometres race,” he added.
“We have also reviewed prizes for the winners of the main (42km) race which are the first to third place finishers. Our intention is to attract many people to register.”
High Altitude Summer Marathon prize monies:
42km:
1st M120 000
2nd M80 000
3rd M40 000

21.1km:
1st M20 000
2nd M12 000
3rd M8 000

10km:
1st M12 000
2nd M8 000
3rd M6 000

Nkheli Liphoto

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