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MTN Marathon Clicks Shs1.4bn Since Inception

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look geneva;”>So far, over 120,000 entrants have run the MTN Kampala Marathon over the last ten years but this time round, it attracted 18,887 individuals who officially registered for the Marathon but the overall number of actual runners far exceeded 20,000 participants.

This year, all the proceeds will go towards taking clean and safe water to the people of Karamoja through WaterAid Uganda as the implementing partner,” said Mazen Mroué, the MTN CEO.

He then added: “All the participants of MTN Kampala Marathon are heroes because they run, and they run knowing that there is a benefit for others”.

Mroué further noted that their (participants) zeal to run for a good cause has demonstrated commitment among the human race to make life better for the less privileged people of Karamoja.

He particularly thanked the partners in this year’s Marathon which included Huawei, New Vision, Stanbic Bank and Rwenzori Mineral Water.

He also applauded the Uganda Police, the various Security Agencies, the Uganda Red Cross and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for their endorsement of the event and their respective roles in ensuring the success of this year’s Marathon.

Mroué also thanked the Uganda Athletics Federation for their partnership in this year’s Marathon as well as during the last 10 editions.

“The function was such a success because of the particular dedication from the committed MTN Staff that worked through a dedicated Project Team to ensure that every aspect of the event was covered,” he said.

MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ernst Fonternel observed that “We take pride in the fact that the MTN Kampala Marathon is now Uganda’s largest sporting event. However, we are more pleased that every participant paid attention to the more significant fact that we can join hands to give back to societies we live and work in and change the lives of thousands of Ugandans”.

“MTN Uganda is committed to ensure that the MTN Kampala Marathon continues to grow and to attract runners from both Uganda and the region,” Fonternel clarified.

Fonternel also noted that it is fulfilling to know that the event is used to collect proceeds that go to noble and sustainable causes that positively impact the people in the communities where MTN operates.

“We have dedicated ourselves to ensuring that we support the cause of improving the society we live in by harnessing the passion that we as Ugandans have within ourselves,” he put in.

He then added: “MTN Uganda is committed to remain a responsible citizen through a number of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and the MTN Kampala Marathon is my personal favourite.”

The MTN Kampala Marathon has become the largest event on both the sporting and social calendars of Uganda.

The marathon was commended for plenty of logistics; water, snacks like popcorn, great parking arrangement and the tight security, impeccable planning and seamless organisation of the event.

Notable figures in this year’s Marathon included the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura who flagged off the 42km and 21 km races and also participated in the 10km race.

The Olympic Gold Medalist, Stephen Kiprotich, also attended the event and flagged off the 10km race.

The details of the final winners of the 10th Edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon are as below:

Men 42km

1. D. Kimwetic (Kenya) won Shs 14 million

2. P. Matheka (Kenya) won Shs 7 million

3. P. Cherotwo (Uganda) won Shs 3.5 million

Women 42 km

1. G. Chepchirchir (Kenya) won Shs 14 million

2. R. Kiboino (Kenya) won Shs 7 million

3. S. Jemutai (Kenya) won Shs 3.5 million

Men 21km

1. D. Rotich (Uganda)

2. M.Kibet (Uganda)

3. E. Chepkorom (Uganda)

Women 21km

1. L. Toroitich (Uganda)

2. A. Chebet (Uganda)

3. D. Chesang (Uganda)

Men 10km

1. P. Kipyeko (Uganda)

2. S. Mande (Uganda)

3. B. Somikwo (Uganda)

Women 10km

1. N . Cheptegei (Uganda)

2. R. Chebet (Uganda)

3. P. Chekwemoi (Uganda)

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