As the country celebrates 53 years’ anniversary, Time Shield Events in partnership with MTN Botswana will host the 3rd Annual MTN Botswana Independence Marathon on the 21 of September 2019 at the University of Botswana Stadium.

The MTN Botswana Independence Marathon provides an easily accessible platform for likeminded people of all running abilities, fitness levels and varying goals to get together and run as a celebration of the country’s independence whilst also keeping fit.

The marathon encourages participation and attendance by all citizens and residence of Botswana but not excluding corporate government and non-governmental organizations. This is a National event that is celebrating a healthy and productive nation.

  • 2016

    As Botswana celebrates its Golden Jubilee as an independent country and its main City, the city of Gaborone is turning 30 years as well, moreover the Lucara Diamond Company has in this year discovered the biggest diamond (Lesedi larona) in Botswana’s Diamond history. A fusion of these 3 historical moments could not be left unmarked, as they represent significant milestones in the History of Botswana.

    Time Shield Events in partnership with Botswana Athletics Association, powered by Lucara Diamond Corp hosted the first Botswana Independence Half Marathon titled Lucara Bot50 Independence Half Marathon on the 24th September 2016, targeting residents of Botswana.

  • September 26, 2017

    In its 2nd year, the Botswana Independence Marathon provided yet another easily accessible platform for likeminded people of all running abilities, fitness levels and varying goals to get together and pursue a healthy lifestyle. The event was hosted in Gaborone at the University of Botswana Stadium on the 23rd September 2017. The race initially comprised of 4 categories being: 42km, 21km, 10km and a 5km FunRun, however the 42km category as later on removed from the schedule based on technical reason as advised by the Botswana Athletics Association.

    The 2017 Race was a success as it was organized and delivered without a title sponsor thus maintaining its original race name being Botswana Independence Marathon. However, the race managed to attract participation of over 3000 runners which was a mix of both local and international runners.

    Notwithstanding the challenges of running solo without a title sponsor, Time Shield Events managed to pull this race with the little help that we could get from various institutions and individuals. We worked hard to broaden our participation in local and international running events thus deepening relationships and entrenching our brand purpose as an Icon of a Healthy Lifestyle. We were part of the Lady Khama Run21, Lady Khama Family Fun Day, Jwaneng Bush Walk, Wonder Park Race (Pretoria, SA), PPC King of the Hill Challenge, Diacore Marathon just to mention but a few.

  • September 21, 2019

    RunBIM2019 back by popular demand. Join us and celebrate our country's independence in style.

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Register at MTN offices, Fairground behind Shell Garage.
Closing date : Friday 13 September 2019


Bank Name: First National Bank Botswana
Branch Name: First Place
Branch Code: 281467
Swift Code: FIRNBWGX
Postal Address: PO Box 1552, Gaborone
Account Name: Time Shield PTY (LTD)
Account Number: 62567327236
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Race Information

MTN Botswana Independence Marathon 2019

Date: September 21st 2019

Time: 05:30hrs - 18:00hrs

5KM Race

BWP 150.00

  • Includes : T-shirt, Race bib, Race Chip and a Goodie Bag

10KM Race

BWP 200.00

  • Includes : T-shirt, Race bib, Race Chip and a Goodie Bag

21KM Race

BWP 250.00

  • Includes : T-shirt, Race bib, Race Chip and a Goodie Bag


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The 2019 MTN Botswana Independence Marathon will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 at the University of Botswana stadium.
The 5KM race costs P150, the 10KM costs P200 and the 21KM costs P250.
You can register on this website or at the University of Botswana Sports Desk.
You must be 18 years old or over on Saturday 21 September 2019.
Places in the MTN Botswana Independence Marathon are not transferable under any circumstances - see Conditions of Entry.
You will automatically be disqualified from the race.