Accountability for participation in any form of fun-filled competition may never be of importance to one, especially if the competitors are as many as the 20,000 that took part in the just recent MTN Kampala Marathon. But MTN Uganda is taking an extra mile to give you the position that you took, and a certificate to confirm your participation.
Well, just so you may know, the results for all registered participants in the MTN Kampala Marathon are now available online. The results include the time posted for each runner, giving an opportunity for participants to view how they performed. The link to the results can be accessed through the MTN Uganda Website. On top of people viewing their results, they can also download certificates through the provided link.
Speaking to a section of the press following the close of the event, The Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Uganda Mr. Olivier Prentout was elated at the turnout: “This was our 14th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon and we as management, staff, partners, and sponsors were all truly impressed by the numbers of not only those who registered to run but also well-wishers, marathon enthusiasts and corporate companies that turned up”, stated Mr. Olivier Prentout.
This year, the MTN Kampala Marathon was extra special as it allowed participants to select a cause they would prefer to run for. The Chief Marketing Officer revealed that they would soon disclose the results of this drive: “We are still in the process of collecting all the data and we shall make an announcement soon of how much Ugandans were able to contribute in total and to which cause. Be sure that we shall share this information”, he stated.
At the elite end of the marathon, there was an improvement shown by Ugandan runners compared to previous editions when it came to results in the full 42 km marathon and the half marathon 21 km category. Whereas Kenyans took top honors in the elite 42 km race for men and women races, Ugandans took 13 out of the 15 available slots in the Top 5 positions of the 42 km, 21 km and 10 km race for both men and women.
This indeed was a better showing by Ugandans from previous events and this showed how important the MTN Kampala Marathon is in providing an avenue for Ugandans breakout marathon runners to show their talent and potential before selection for bigger marathon events like IAAF circuits and other international events.
Money-wise, it was the Kenyans who took home the majority of the total prize money in the 42km category for both men and women as they took home UGX 45,000,000 in combined prize earnings out of the UGX 80,000,000 on offer for the Top 5 finishes.
Image: Daily Monitor