The MTN Kampala Marathon has continued to grow in stature over the years it has been staged.
The annual event return bigger and better this year with the showdown slated for this Sunday, 25th November 2018. A score of elite athletes have confirmed their participation hence making the Marathon a competitive one.
The winners of the 42km marathon and 21km half-marathon last year have made a return to defend their titles in the 2018 edition.
Kenyans Sammy Kipngetich Kurgat and Rael Kimaiyo Kurgat won the men and women 42km marathon respectively last year and have now confirmed their participation at the 2018 edition.
Kimaiyo who has won the event a record four times will be seeking for her 5th title and indicated she is in right shape.
“I’m in perfect shape for Sunday. I have been training well and now fully set for the competition.” She said during a brief briefing.
The defending champions will be competing against a contingent of over 300 other elite runners from across the region and Uganda.
The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) confirmed that the number of the elite athletes had increased from slightly from 200 in 2017 to over 300 in 2018.
Also, Sarah Chelagant the current 3,000 meters and cross country gold medallist at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina will be participating in the MTN Kampala Marathon 10km race.
“The routes are very ready and they have been professionally measured. We know it won’t take long for the route to be recognized as a qualifier for several International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) events because we have now improved it,” explained Dominic Otuchet, the President UAF.
The first runners to be flagged off are the 42km at 6:15 am. The elite runners also include Ugandan professional runners and can participate in the marathon, half marathon and the 10km road race.
However, the foreign runners are only allowed to participate in the full marathon (42km) and half marathon (21km). There were changes made to the 42km and 21km routes in order to reduce the number of hills with the expectation of improved running experience and better times.
“In as much as the spotlight is on the elite runners, there are another 19,000 participants in the MTN Kampala Marathon that will be coming to run towards the improvement of maternal health, for fun and others, to complete the annual ritual of the marathon. We currently at 95 percent of registrations and we expect a good turn up on Sunday,” explained Valery Okecho, the Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda.
Okecho also said that preparations at the starting and finishing line would be complete by marathon day.
“We are ready for the 15th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon and already, the route markers are already up and we’ll have enough watering points for participants. Final touches are being done to make sure we are ready by Sunday”
Registration for the MTN Kampala Marathon 2018 edition closes today Friday, 23rd November 2018. It will mark the completion of the MTN Marathon Season 2018 that included regional runs in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara. It is also included the Wheelchair Road Race.
Traffic and Security Guidelines
SSP Norman Masinga – Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander:
“Traffic police will be deployed at the several roundabouts and junctions to regulate traffic flow. As athletes approach these junctions, our officers will be required to halt traffic. There will be traffic diversions at Yusuf Lule and Nile Avenue in order to enable the use of the timing mat that will be placed near the Garden City roundabout. Motorcycles shall not be allowed to follow the runners as it affects the runners concentration and no vehicle will not be allowed to park along the road. There are designated parking slots that have been provided,”
Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman:
“We have deployed all the force that is necessary with those in uniform and those who are plain clothed. It is advisable that people carry the property they need during the marathon. It is important for runners to come in as light as possible in order to avoid being the target by some criminal elements. We expect to police this day and cooperation from the participants,” he said.
The Marathon will take place on Sunday with Guest of Honor, Ruth Jane Achieng the Minister of Health flagging it off.
All proceeds from the event will be projected towards maternal care.
A select list of elite runners that will participate in the MTN Kampala Marathon
42km – Men
Sammy Kipngetich Kurgat -Kenya – 2017 winner
Eliud Kapchanga Cheptei – Kenya – 2015 Winner
Katesigwa Banuelia Brighton – Tanzania
Bayo Emmanuel Gadiye – Tanzania
Rael Kimaiyo Kurgat -Kenya – 2017, 2016 & 2015 winner
Migadde Caroline – Uganda – 2017 runner up. Winner 2014.
Suuto Jane – Uganda – 2006, 2008, 2011 – Winner 42 and 21Km winner 2007
Mengich Monicah Kepkorir – Kenya
21km – Men
Kipsiro Moses Ndiema – Uganda
Daniel Rotich -Uganda – 2017 winner
Kibet Moses – Uganda
Tonui Elkana Kipkurui – Kenya
21km – Women
Doreen Chesang – Uganda – 2017 winner
Emilly Chebet – Uganda – 2015 winner
Chemos Viola – Uganda
Lydia Nasimiyu Wafula – Kenya
10km – Men
10km – women