MTN Uganda has launched the 13th edition of the annual Kampala Marathon. The telcom company said money which will be raised from the marathon will be used to improve sanitation facilities in public primary schools in the outskirts of Kampala. The telco and Kampala Capital City Authority will construct environmentally friendly smart bio-toilet facilities in selected schools.
The internationally recognised Marathon will take place on Sunday 20th November 2016 in Kampala. It has been supported by several other corporate firms. They include Stanbic Bank, Huawei, New Vision, Rwenzori Mineral water and Spedag. Uganda Police Force will take charge of security and safety of runners while Uganda Athletics Association will offer technical support.
The Marathon will follow the theme “Run for Kampala”; an extension of the campaign initiated last year and is expected to attract 20,000 participants. One of the activities in preparation for the Sunday 20th November 2016 event include a Kapchorwa – Kampala run relay that will feature runners from the athletics heartland of Uganda.
With support from the New Vision and the other MTN marathon partners, a not-for-profit organization from Netherlands - From Coach to Coach has organized this fun relay; to raise awareness and support for the budding talent in Kapchorwa region of Uganda. This run will feature some of the big names in Ugandan athletics. Participants in the relay will be running the MTN Kampala Marathon.
Over the last 13 years, 170,000 entrants have participated in the MTN Kampala Marathon and have raised money in excess of Sh1.8 billion to help people in less privileged communities. Collections from previous events have been used in a number of projects; in the early years towards the provision of ‘Mama Bags’ to expectant mothers in the Internally Displaced People’s camps in Gulu and most recently to different water and sanitation projects around the country including Kotido, Karamoja, Amuria and Kiryandongo in Masindi.
Speaking at the launch of the 2016 edition of the decade old charity event, MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte urged the public to register and participate in what has grown to become Uganda’s biggest Marathon. Registration for the 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon will commence on Monday 7th November at the new MTN headquarters (formerly BAT offices) along Jinja road.
The public will access the registration points using the gate opposite Meat Packers. For convenience, the public can also register at Stanbic Bank - William Street Branch, the MTN service centres at Lugogo (Shoprite), Forest Mall, the MTN shop along Kampala Road, Kyaggwe Road and MTN service centre at Victoria Mall in Entebbe.
Interested members of the public can register for 25,000/- in cash or 23,000/- if they opt to use MTN Mobile Money. The marathon kit among others includes a bib encased with a timing chip that will register each runner’s time. This makes the MTN Kampala Marathon the only professionally timed marathon in Uganda.