LSRC public relations officer, Teboho Rakhomo, said government remained committed to ensuring the success of the annual event regardless of pronounced financial constraints. “Basically it is government that plans this event and hands it over to the LSRC for hosting and management of all logistical requirements,” Rakhomo pointed out.
He revealed they would at the earliest convenience appoint a local organising committee to prepare for the event and work on improving the general quality of this year’s edition of the grueling race. The High-Altitude Summer Marathon started in 2003 under the sponsorship of the Letšeng Diamond Mine and government through the LSRC.
“We urge the media to assist us in promoting the event and enticing international athletes to partake in this race,” Rakhomo said. The race is broken down into four categories as follows: 5km, 10km, 21.1km (half marathon) and the 42.2 km (main race). In the 5km race, local athletes’ registration is M20 and M50 for internationals. In the 10km, local athletes register with M20 and M150 for internationals, while the half marathon registration is M40 for locals and M175 for internationals.
In the main race, local athletes’ registration fee is M50 and M200 for international athletes. The Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA), which is responsible for the technical aspect of the race, used the launch to address a few technical aspects of the event. LAAA spokesperson, Sejanamane Maphathe, said the association had taken up to joining expos abroad to market the race. “We held our first expo in April during the Two Oceans Marathon where the registration for this race commenced,” he said.