about the marathon
The High Altitude Summer Marathon started in 2002 as the Mokhotlong Marathon, through the Honorable Minister of the Foreign Affairs and Members of parliament for the Mokhotlong constituency, Honorable Mohlabi Tsekoa, it was a 32 Kilometer race which the Mokhotlong business community had promised to support and sponsor.
In 2003 the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation (MGYSR) by the former Minister ‘Mathabiso Lepono took over the event, under the administration of Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA) the marathon changed from a 32 km race to the 42.2km marathon with the addition of 21.2km half marathon and 5 km development race.
It was during this period that the name of the event changed from Mokhotlong Marathon to High Altitude Summer Marathon (HASM). As part of growth strategy MGYSR transferred sport events to Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC), amongst them being the HASM. LSRC has therefore been a custodian of this prestigious event from 2017 till currently and has introduced the 10km race to the16th annual HASM as it is one the most ran distance worldwide.