MTN Uganda has Sunday awarded 16 people who won its “MTN Marathon” held in Soroti town eastern Uganda in both men and women categories.
On Saturday, MTN team took a drive through Soroti town to encourage everyone to come at the Independence Grounds to run, have fun and raise money to improve maternal health services in Eastern Uganda.
The MTN Marathon is proudly sponsored by Huawei, Stanbic Bank, New Vision, Rwenzori Mineral Water and MTN.
The 2019 Soroti run gathered Sunday morning for a warm-up before running the 10KM race.
Regional runs will also be held in Arua next week and Masaka the week after.
The runners tussled it out for the first 8 prizes in the MTN Soroti Marathon as a build-up to the MTN Marathon happening on November 24th in Kampala.
“We introduced the regional races as a way of allowing people in the regions to showcase their abilities and also to give people in the participating regions, an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of others through the causes that the MTN Run and Marathon support,” MTN said.
With an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births, Uganda’s maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world.
This explains why for the third year in a row, the Marathon will focus on improving maternal health.
Those who crossed the finish line in both the Men and Women categories won between Shs700,000 and Shs100,000.
Winners – Men
They include; 1. Andrew Kwemoi; 2. Matthew Chepkurui; 3. Ali Chepures; 4. Kibet Soyekwo; 5. Abel Chebet; 6. Salim Kwemoi; 7. Martin Musau and 8. Philip Kiplimo.
Winners – Women
They are; 1. Doreen Chesang; 2. Doreen Chemutai; 3. Nyakisi Adero; 4. Emily Chebet; 5. Shauline Chelangat; 6. Shallon Chepkwemboi; 7. Priscillah Chelangat and 8. Janat Chemusto.
Proceeds from last year’s Marathon are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda.
While the regional runs feature a single 10km route, the Kampala Marathon will feature five routes including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), the 10Km race and 5Km fun run and the wheelchair race.