Registration for the annual MTN Marathon this year will end on the 14th of November giving MTN and its volunteer army including the Uganda Red Cross Society, the opportunity to make final arrangements for the massive logistics which have to be put into place before the races are taking off on the day.
Sunday the 27th November is race day in Kampala and parts of the city, starting from the area around the start and finish at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, are expected to be off limits for traffic.
Last year the races, the full Marathon of 42+ kilometres, the Half Marathon of 21 kilometres and the 10 KM race, yielded over 230 million Uganda Shillings, much of which went to the Uganda Red Cross Society and other beneficiaries to carry out community projects across the country for the provision of clean drinking water. Numbers this year were raised from the previous 20.000 runners to 25.000 runners, making the race larger and more challenging to organize but according to an MTN source all is in hand and going smoothly.
For visitors to Kampala on 27th November, expect the city to be painted in Yello the trademark colours of MTN as professionals, amateurs, individuals and a host of company and NGO sponsored teams battle it out on the streets of Kampala. Prediction for winners are as usual leaning towards the highly rated Kenyan and Ethiopian entries, which have over the past years swept the top three positions in the individual men and women races.
Compiled by Jackie