The Orange Phikwe National Marathon will be staged this weekend after some few years without the exhilarating annual event which was halted by Covid-19 in 2020.

This year, the marathon's starts and finishing points will be at the Selebi-Phikwe Sam Sono Stadium. By virtue of its status, it is expected to attract both national and international runners, ranging from amateurs to professionals.

Those participating can choose from a selection of four races, which include the 5 km fun race, 10 km race, 21.1 km half marathon and 42.2 km full marathon.

Over the years, the marathon has been supporting the residents of Selebi Phikwe and surrounding communities, who benefit from this marathon in several economic ways, providing meaningful and tangible community development.

The Orange Phikwe National Marathon has been a great platform for sports talent discovery, being the longest running marathon in the country thus far; it has promoted tourism while offering great support and opportunities for the business people of Selibe-Phikwe and surrounding areas.

The 2019 Orange Phikwe National Marathon was won by a local runner in the men's category, Rapula Diphoko while the female category was won by Monicah Jepkorir from Zimbabwe.

This year's marathon is expected to be more fun and better as we are anticipating to see new faces participating in the race, which will stiffen competition and even attract more future runners to the marathon.