New Vision (Kampala)

20 November 2012

Uganda: Kampala Marathon - Mock Race Succeeds

If the MTN Kampala Mock Marathon staged at the weekend was anything to go by, then participants in Uganda's biggest road race should expect a more organized event this year.

Those who turned up for Sunday's event singled out separation in the starting points of the 10 kilometer course and the longer races as the biggest innovation.

"You could tell well in advance that there would be no repeat of the usual stampede that has over the years characterized the event," observed Simon Mafabi, who has entered the 21km race.

The mock event is annually staged a week to the actual marathon. Runners test out the 10 and 21km routes.

"I must say all is set. The few snags we had on the route have been cleared. I promise everyone a good route," promised route manager Faustino Kiwa.

Kiwa says adjustments this year include change of the giant MTN balloon arch from the starting point of the short event to the 21 and 42 flag off points on Upper Kololo Terrace.

Numbers have been growing by the day at the race registry at the MTN Arena at Lugogo. Proceeds from this year's event will be used in provision of clean water to the people of Bududa.

Collections from the 2011 marathon were used for a water project in Amuria District. The project was officially launched on November 15. Upto 10,000 will benefit.

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