MTN Regional Marathon kicked off on Sunday 10th November 2019 in Arua town as part of efforts to give the annual MTN Marathon season a national feel.
This followed the successful regional run that was held last Sunday in the Eastern district of Soroti.
Introduced last year, the MTN Runs were successfully conducted in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara.
So, this year, in the spirit of giving an opportunity to all, the runs were taken to different districts namely; Soroti, Aua and Masaka.
The regional races are now an annual feature of the MTN Marathon season.
Held under the theme; “A good reason to run”, the 2019 MTN Regional Runs started in Soroti last Sunday the 3rd November.
Thereafter, the regional runs will be wrapped up in Masaka on Sunday 17th November 2019 ahead of the main MTN Kampala Marathon in Kampala on Sunday the 24th November.
An endless stream of runners clad in yellow vests was a sight to behold moments after the runners were flagged off for the Arua Run at the Arua Golf course grounds on Sunday 10th.
By 6:30am, anxious runners could be seen trotting from their homes to the Golf course grounds for the warm up session before hitting the 10km track.
Alex Cherop, a Police officer based in Arua completed the race in 29 minutes and 5 seconds, making him the overall winner. He walked away with a cash prize of 700,000 shs.
In second and third place were David Solimo and Uma Joseph respectively. They also walked away with cash prizes.
In the ladies’ category, Adha Munguleya came first. She completed the race in 35 minutes and 21 seconds, winning herself 700,000shs.
In Second and third place were Sharon Chepkwemoi and Annet Chebet respectively. The first eight men and women won various cash prizes.
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.
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 races will feature a single 10km route run, 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.
According to MTN, special attention has also been made to ensure every participant has a vest that fits and enables a comfortable running experience.
Last week, Stanbic Bank – Uganda contributed 250,000,000shs towards the #MTNMarathon happening on Sunday, November 24th at Kololo Independence grounds.
“We are extremely proud to be partnering with MTN once again for the #MTNMarathon 2019. Stanbic Bank Uganda has been key long-term partner and supporter of the MTN Kampala Marathon since its inception 16 years ago. This year, we have made a significant contribution of UGX250 Million towards the continued efforts to improve maternal health in Uganda. We have consistently supported the MTN Kampala Marathon because it aligns with Stanbic’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) vision and we hope that our support continues to transform lives in our communities,” said the Stanbic Bank CE, Patrick Mweheire, at the cheque handover.
He handed the cheque over to MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.
The MTN Marathon is proudly sponsored by Huawei, Stanbic Bank, New Vision, Rwenzori Mineral Water and MTN.