MASERU — Letšeng Diamonds says it will this year end its three-year association with the High Altitude Summer Marathon.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s M1 million marathon on Tuesday Letšeng Diamonds chief executive officer ‘Manthethe Maharasoa said they were happy to leave a lasting legacy for the people of Mokhotlong, where the race takes place.
“We are hopeful that the race will leave a long-lasting legacy for the people of Mokhotlong,” Maharasoa said.
She said although they were pulling out as the main sponsors they will continue to look for opportunities to improve the economic and social well-being of the people of Mokhotlong.
The winner of the 42.2km High Altitude marathon will walk away M50 000 richer.
The rest of the cash will go towards organising and marketing the race, transport, meals and accommodation for the athletes, volunteers and technical officials.
Maharasoa said Letšeng Diamonds’ were happy to plough back resources into the community.
“The High Altitude Summer Marathon is part of our efforts to give back to the communities in which we operate,” she said.
Sports Minister ‘Mathabiso Lepono said her ministry, which jointly sponsors the event, was also going to contribute M230 000 towards the hosting of the marathon.
“We are this year going to contribute M230 000 towards the organisation and success of the High Altitude Summer Marathon.”
She added that the race was growing bigger and more successful each year since its inception in 2003.
“We have improved this race by introducing doping tests to ensure that only eligible winners get the prize money,” Lepono said.