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2019 MTN Kampala Marathon Season Kicks off as the Regional Races move to West Nile

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  • The 10km race will happen this Sunday 10th November 2019. Runners will be flagged off at the Arua Golf Club in Arua town. 
  • The 2,500 pcs of kit sold out a week to the event.
  • Shida Leni, the National Record Holder (400m) will be the lead runner
  • All proceeds from the run will will be used to improve maternal health facilities in a Health Centre IV hospital, to be selected in the region.

MTN Regional Marathon is set to happen in Arua this Sunday 10th November 2019 as part of efforts to give the annual MTN Marathon season a national feel. This follows the successful regional run that was held last Sunday in the Eastern district of Soroti.

Introduced last year, the MTN Runs were successfully conducted in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara. So, this year, in the spirit of giving an opportunity to all, the runs were taken to different districts namely; Soroti, Aua and Masaka. The regional races are now an annual feature of the MTN Marathon season. 

Held under the theme; “A good reason to run”, the 2019 MTN Regional Runs started in Soroti last Sunday the 3rd November. This Sunday 10th November, action has been moved to Arua town. Thereafter, the regional runs will be wrapped up in Masaka on Sunday 17th November 2019 ahead of the main MTN Kampala Marathon in Kampala on Sunday the 24th November.

While addressing the media at a press conference held at the Desert Breeze Hotel in Arua town this morning, James Ndyamuhaki, the Senior Regional Business Manager, said that the Telecom introduced the regional races as a way of allowing people in the regions to showcase their abilities and also to give people in the participating regions, an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of others through the causes that the MTN Runs and Marathon support.

“The response to participate in this run has been overwhelming. The kits sold out early this week. This goes to show how enthusiastic the people of arua are towards the cause of the run and also taking part in the actual run. Like all the other Marathons, the money that we are going to collect will go towards improving maternal health in the West Nile region,” Ndyamuhaki added.

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 improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda. 

The Guest of Honor, Mr. Shuaib Toko, the Arua Resident District Commissioner thanked MTN for taking the prestigious run to Arua town and reiterated how ready the people of Arua were for the run.

“The people of Arua have been waiting for this opportunity. That is why they bought they bought all the kits. We feel honored to finally have the opportunity to make an impact on the issue of maternal health. I welcome this noble initiative and I thank everyone who bought the kits for contributing towards the improvement of maternal health in our area.  I urge you to turn up and run for your own health this Sunday. I will participate in this run myself,” Toko said.

While the regional races will feature a single 10km route run, the Kampala Marathon will feature five routes including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), the 10Km race and 5Km fun run and the wheelchair race. 

Shida Leni, who will be the lead runner this Sunday urged the public to take part in the run as a way of showcasing their talent.

“This run is a good platform for any aspiring athlete. Additionally it will also help improve maternal health,” Leni said.

The wheelchair race that was previously held a weekend before the main marathon event will this year take place on the same day as the main marathon to foster inclusiveness. 

According to MTN, Special attention has also been made to ensure every participant has a vest that fits and enables a comfortable running experience.

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Guinness Night football excites Kampala football lovers

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Guinness Uganda went all out on Saturday night as they introduced Uganda to the first ever Guinness Night football experience that took place at the Forest Mall Parking in Lugogo.

The night saw revelers indulge in their passion for football, creating teams and going all out to win prizes in a range of football activities played out in the dark and enhanced by colorful neon UV and lighting technology to make the experience vibrant, immersive and memorable.

The night included activities like Five A-side football, Table Foosball, skills challenges like “Mirundi” and Head games but it was the human foosball that drew out the revelers competitive sides drawing in the fun throughout the night with eight teams qualifying for the finals that will be held in Kampala on December 7.

The teams that qualified and are now a step closer to heading to Nigria include C-Club, Naguru United, Sona, Sound boys, soccer rooz, Team 13, Mpala AFC, Jabulani and Winner FC.

“Guinness Night Football is not your everyday football; we are bringing the party and the fun to the game of football and tonight has been a testament that we are made of more, creating football with a Guinness touch. It has been an amazing night all I can say is look out for our next stop, it’s going to be huge,” said Cathy Twesigye Guinness Brand Manager, Uganda Breweries Limited.

The event also featured a performance from Bebe Cool who got revelers onto their feet and on the dance floor as he performed his hit songs like wire wire, Nkuliyo among others.

Designed out of conventional football, the Guinness Night Football series will take revelers and football fans on an action-packed night experience that will be traversing the country in unexpected and fun football activities that will give players and fans a chance to get involved in an extraordinary experience with the games moving to Fortportal next month.



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Pepsi Independence Golf Tournament returns for 9th edition

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Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina (C)  Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited(CBL) putts as  Mr. David Sekitoleko (L) Business Development Consultant Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Mr. Allan Muhinda (2nd L), Head Global Market Sales at Stanbic Bank, Mr.Daniel Kairu (2nd R) Head of Business Development at ICEA, and look on.

Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina (C), Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited putts as Mr. David Sekitoleko (L) Business Development Consultant Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Mr. Allan Muhinda (2nd L), Head Global Market Sales at Stanbic Bank, and Mr.Daniel Kairu (2nd R) Head of Business Development at ICEA, look on.

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The Pepsi Independence Golf Tournament is back for its 9th edition. Themed “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer”, it was officially announced during a press briefing held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday morning.

Initiated in 2010, the Pepsi Golf independence tournament which is this year slated to take place on 09th October, is expected to attract over 130 golf players from different golf clubs across the country, both in the pros and amateur categories, that will participate in a competition with prizes to be rewarded at the end of the tournament.

This year’s tournament is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and early detection.“October being the breast Cancer awareness month and the month when Uganda commemorates her 57th independence, we sought an opportunity for participants and consumers to both celebrate and embrace talent for community support and development geared towards fighting the Cancer scourge in Uganda through the golf sport,” remarked Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina, Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited while addressing the media.

“Our 2019 theme for this golf tournament is ‘Tee off against breast Cancer’ whose chief purpose is to procure a Cancer machine that will aid in early detection of all types of cancer because there still exists a gap in early detection support, hence fueling our decision to take on methods to deliver awareness through diagnosing the disease at an early stage.” She added, further noting that, “All these years we have been inviting our partners, well-wishers, staff, for free participation in a friendly but competitive tournament, but this time round our green fees will be at UGX 100,000, and together with our partners’ funds, we will be in position to procure the much needed machine.”

Mr. David Sekitoleko, Business Development Consultant at Sheraton Hotel Kampala said, “I have been involved in the game of Golf over the years, and for this edition we shall have both professionals, and amateurs play in this tournament. Every year that the tournament is held, Pepsi and its partners put up a kitty that the professionals play for, and this edition will see professionals play for 30 million in a 3 day competition set to kick off on Sunday 6th, to Tuesday 8th, then on 9th October (Independence Day), the amateurs /corporate players will converge at palm valley for a half day competition.”



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Kickboxer Patricia Apolot set for rematch with Kenya’s Joyce Awino

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Uganda’s top-ranked female kickboxer Patricia Apolot has vowed to crush Kenyan fighter Joyce Awino in their rematch slated for this weekend at Smiles Corner Hotel in Kireka, Kampala.

Known to many by her stage name “Black Pearl”, Apolot will return to the ring against Awino in the African title fight dubbed “The Reveletion Night of 1000 Punches” on Saturday, August 31. The fight is in low kick style sanctioned by both Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKF) and World Kickboxing Federation (WKF).

The two fought in April this year in Tororo and Apolot won by knockout.

“I have trained hard and very ready, so my fans should come expecting the best from me,” Apolot said, adding that “I wish to thank my sponsors, Hima Cement, for their consistent financial and moral support towards my kickboxing career.”

Hima Cement Marketing and Pricing Manager, Charles Mugasi said that the sponsorship is intended to enable her perform to her best and inspire other young girls in Uganda to join the kickboxing sport.

Apolot who has been involved in 21 professional fights winning 12 by knockout has changed the kickboxing landscape in Uganda with her unique techniques and unmatched determination to grow the at different levels more especially young girls.

She has won several tittles from home, continental, and intercontinental fights which makes her the holder of the largest number of belts and gold medals in the sport in Uganda and Africa at large.



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