Gaborone Striders Club 60 - 2020

The GRSC CLUB 60 - 2020 edition long run weekend is fast approaching and there is plenty of excitement in the air!!

You are cordially invited to participate in the above stated run. The Club 60 is Gaborone Striders longest Club run which is organised to run from Gaborone (Molapo Crossing) to Kopong/Lentsweletau hills. The run was conceptualised in 2011 as a training run for 3 founding members who would later embark on a journey to run Comrades. The run is placed at least 4 weeks before Comrades each year and is the last longest run the club members embark on before the big event.

 

The camaraderie that the Club 60km has cultivated in the club is evident. The GSRC members not participating in Comrades ultra marathon support the event either through running or cheering their peers which has been central to the growth and success of the event. As a result, this has seen us incorporate other distances to allow our members aspiring to challenge themselves to be a part of the run.

 

As the run grows, the club also continues to improve the runner’s experience! This year, the Club 60km Run has a new twist as it has received accreditation as an official running event recognised by the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA). The race has also managed to widen the range of participating Sponsors and other running stakeholders who like us are committed to promote, educate and encourage healthier lifestyle choices for workplace, social and environmental well-being.

 

CLUB 60 run is set to take place on the 25th of April, 2020 (as indicated in the BAA calendar). Kindly note the following:

  1. Registration opens on 25 February 2020
  2. Distance categories are 21, 42 and 60kms
  3. The run will start in Gaborone - Molapo Crossing and end in Kopong (Lentsweletau hills) at Mma Charakupa’s farm
  4. Entry Fee - Non GSRC members: A standard entry fee of P250.00 will be charged for all distances. (Early bird Registration is P250.00 and will close on 05 April 2020, late registration closes on 12 April 2020, and will attract an extra P50 pula, thus P300.00)
  5. All GSRC registered members enter at P150 for early bird entries and P200 for late entries.
  6. The entry fee covers the following for each participant:
  • Race shirt
  • Medal
  • Catering/ hydration/ refreshments during race
  • Modest goodie bag
  • After race session (braai)
  • Transport as necessary
  • Race timing

Any more questions? Please send them to gaboronestriders@gmail.com

Registration

 

Information in Brief

Event:  Club 60 (GSRC's longest run)
Date: Saturday, 25 April 2020
Distances: 21km, 42km and 60km
Time: 04:30hrs (arrival by 0400hrs for logistics and tog back check in)
Route: https://www.endomondo.com/routes/705874171
Venue: The run will start by  Molapo Crossing and end Kopong Hills

Entry fee: P250 early bird; P300 late entries (P150 & P200 for GSRC registered members)

Deadline for Entries: Early bird - 05 April 2020, and late entries - 12 April 2020

Payment Details for entries

Deposit and email proof of payments to:

 Account Details:

Gaborone Striders Runners Club:

FNB Botswana

Cheque Acc: 62520336597

Branch: Kgale View

Branch Code 284567

Reference: Name + No_60 and send proof to gaboronestriders@gmail.com

Note: Your entry is only complete when your payment is received.

 

 

Only 250 places available. Hurry and register!

The Route

Route Description

The run is approximately 60km, From Molapo crossing traffic lights to the Kopong hills via Metsimotlhabe which is broken down this way:

From the Molapo Crossing start to Metsimotlhabe/Kopong turn off is 14.2km

Then Metsimotlhabe/Kopong turn off to Kopong (1st right turn into Kopong) is11.3km

Followed by Kopong to the Hills (Our Parking for BK Style) is 15km

BK Style parking to the sign board “Lentsweletau 10km” is 4km (return)

And lastly do 1 lap BK style which is 15km

 

The route will be marked appropriately to ensure all runners arrive to the finish line.

Options

All runners are starting promptly at 0430hrs, Gaborone - Molapo Crossing

(Arrive at 0400hrs for logistics and tog bag check ins)

  • 60km: Runners will start at Molapo, repeat 7,82km from 42km and finish at the Kopong hills
  • 42km: Planning to have a go at your first marathon? You will run on the route up to the last hill (where we park for BK Style, signage will be provided) giving you 40.5km. Then continue a kilometre towards Lentsweletau then back to parking to finish.
  • 21km: From Molapo crossing to Kopong (First turn into Kopong by Filling station)

 

Important Information

  1. Starting Point (s)
  • Starting point for all runners: Molapo Crossing just close to the Football courts. Start time 0430hrs.
  1. Catering
  • We will provide mobile catering services with many stops (every 5km) to make your run as comfortable as possible.
  • Catering will comprise; Water, Sport drinks, sweets, nutrition (bananas, oranges and potatoes etc) and so on.
  • There will be a braai at the finish line of which you are required to be there to meet and greet fellow striders. The braai is FREE for all. Bring your own celebratory drinks and these you can put in the support car at the startline.
  1. Transport
  • We will have support cars manning the route and will transport those doing the shorter distances back to base to help with transportation.
  • For those starting in Kopong we will urge you to assist with providing transport on the way back.
  • Once we have confirmed the numbers, we will advise on further transport arrangements.
  1. Safety
  • An emergency support vehicle will be available to respond to injuries that may occur during the run.
  • Mogoditshane Police will offer a Police escort from the start and since it will be dark, we encourage runners to stay behind the police vehicle and run "harambe" style until it is lit and safe to turn on the speed (this is usually by the Kopong turnoff)
  • The run starts when it is still dark, wear some reflective colours or reflective vests. 
  • Bring along a headlamp 
  • Where we reach sections that are dark we will switch to running on the left shoulder of the road followed by the support car which will provide the lighting.

5. Pacing

  • The formation is Harambe (run together as a group) from Molapo to the Metsimotlhabe turn to Kopong or until there is sufficient light.
  • The advisable pace will range from 7min per km to 7min 30s per km for the first 20km; We advise that for the first 20km we stick together, more so that it will be dark.
  1. Getting ready for the event:
  • Email updates will be shared once registration is closed as we approach the event date. 

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