MTN Uganda and Uganda Athletic federation [UAF] on Thursday unveiled the Regional marathon that is slated for this weekend 11th of November and is expected to attract over 2,000 people.
Speaking at the event from Bomah Hotel in Gulu town, Valery Okecho, Manager, Corporate Communications, MTN Uganda said that the proceeds from Gulu registration would be used for maternal health support in Gulu.
“We believe that no mother should die giving birth and therefore as we invite people to come, have fun and enjoy the run, they should do so knowing that they have done this for a good cause.”
He, in addition, revealed that the support to the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) from MTN Uganda goes into developing the regional athletics talent.
“With this run, and the other three in the regions, we hope to improve the athlete’s timings that will help improve Uganda’s talent of exports that represent us abroad.”
In his remarks, Omony Okot, the Vice President of the Uganda Athletics Federation stated that the 7th place position they achieved overall in the Gold Coast Games was thanks to MTN Uganda’s support to the UAF.
He also stated that plans were underway to introduce longer versions of the runs and in other parts of the country.
“We are looking forward to better runners coming to take part with the longer versions of the run and hope that other districts will come on board for this run”.
Bernard Ogwal, the Regional Manager of Stanbic Bank Northern region said that its part of their corporate social investment adding that they believe this is a good cause that will make a difference in the lives of the community.
The athletes will in the 10km and 5km races be awarded with Cash prizes in their different categories.
Other regional marathons took place in Mbale in early November and another marathon will be in Mbarara before the National Marathon on Sunday 25 at Kololo independence grounds.
At the launch, other MTN Marathon partners and sponsors who were present included Ibrahim Kakaire, Sales & Marketing Manager – CocaCola Beverages Africa, Bernard Ogwal, Regional Manager, Northern Region at Stanbic Bank and Allan Kyobe, Public Relations Manager Huawei Uganda.