First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) is gearing up for the 2nd edition of the FNB Kazungula Bridge Marathon, that is set to take place on the 25th of February 2023. The marathon is an effort to rebuild the communities in Kasane and surrounding areas by boosting sports tourism against the backdrop of the iconic Kazungula Bridge that connects Botswana and Zambia.
“The Kazungula Bridge Marathon is an exciting initiative for us to not only strengthen local sporting talent but to also celebrate sports tourism in Botswana. Support for sports development as a whole is important to the Bank and we welcome opportunities to advance the sports fraternity in Botswana,” said Communications and PR Manager, Boga Chilinde-Masebu.
The inaugural marathon brought thousands of local and international visitors to the region, allowing them to enjoy the structural beauty of the bridge and the accompanying scenic views from Botswana and Zambia. The region experienced a much-needed economic boost and next year’s event looks to grow on that positive impact.
“The communities in Kasane and surrounding areas have welcomed us so warmly and have become key partners to us as we all collectively work towards rebuilding the tourism sector. As a Bank, our shared value promise encourages us to seek opportunities that can empower and enable sustainable growth. We welcome more partners in working with us in this endeavour, to bring lasting growth to the region,” stated Masebu.
Masebu also highlighted that the Bank was cognisant of some of the feedback received from the first marathon with issues such as a shortage of water and delayed disbursement of the prize money and were intentional about making sure that the next marathon would offer an enhanced experience for the participants. FNBB has boosted the marathon with an additional P 500 000 valuing the sponsorship at P1.5 million to improve the experience.
Next year’s marathon will have a total of P 550 000 in prize money which is inclusive of cash prizes of up to P50,000 for runners with disabilities, as a way of continuing to recognise all sporting achievements regardless of body type, age and physical capability. Runners can register for the marathon at www.kazungulabridgemarathon.com.