Thousands of People embraced MTN’s Regional Run over the Weekend aimed at raising funds to better health in the region.
By 7 am, Soroti independence grounds was filled with thousands of people, ready to run in Soroti’s maiden MTN Run ahead of the annual MTN Kampala Marathon.
Last year,MTN introduced the regional runs to give the event a national feel.
Held under the theme; “A good reason to run,” the 2019 MTN Regional Runs started in Soroti over the weekend will be heading to Arua and Masaka on Sunday 10th and November 17 respectively a head of the flagship MTN Kampala Marathon in Kampala on the 24th of November,2019.
Having sold out all the 20,000 kits that were allocated to the town, the run was a success with thousands pouring in to the Boma grounds either to participate or cheer their friends who had registered to run.
After a 30 minute warm up, the runners were flagged off at exactly 7:30 am. The run saw 8 women and 8 men walk home with various cash prizes for emerging as winners of the 10 km race.
Other runners simply participated to have fun. They could be seen stopping for photo opportunities as they covered the 10 kilometres at their own pace.
At the end of the run, an awarding ceremony was held at the Independence grounds.
The runners had an opportunity to cool off as they enjoyed entertainment from a selection of regional artistes and John Blaq who put up a spirited performance that left people yearning for more of his performance even when he had performed almost all his sound tracks.
Action moves to Arua next week where the people from the West Nile region will run to make a difference in maternal health in the region.
Last year’s regional runs were successfully conducted in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara. The regional races are now an annual feature of the MTN Marathon season.
MTN introduced the regional races as a way of allowing people in the regions to showcase their abilities and as well give people in the participating regions, an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of others through the causes that the MTN Run and Marathon support.
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 improving service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda.