Earlier today, MTN Uganda announced the 2018 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon that will have a new and better route for runners. November will now be the MTN Marathon Season as an additional three road races in three regions have been revealed. The three regional road races will take place in Mbale, Gulu, and Mbarara, preceding the MTN Kampala Marathon. The Mbale road race will feature a 10km road race and a 21 km half marathon. The Gulu and Mbarara road races will feature a 10km race only. MTN also announced that the new and better route of the MTN Kampala Marathon is meant to highlight Kampala as marathon destination on the global athletics calendar.
“This year, it will be 15 years since we launched the MTN Kampala Marathon. It also marks the year when we significantly adjust the marathon as we aim for global status and also improve on the running experience for all participants. The addition of the regional road races is meant to also indicate the presence of MTN, everywhere you go in the country,” said Anthony Katamba, the General Manager Corporate Services said at the launch of the MTN Marathon Season 2018.
The 2018 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon will feature the popular 5km family run, 10km run, 21 km half marathon, and the 42km marathon. Launched 15 years ago, the MTN Kampala Marathon continues to support several causes aimed at improving the livelihoods of people in Uganda. As MTN Uganda celebrates “20 years of connecting Ugandans”, the MTN Marathon has connected thousands of Ugandans to running for a cause.
In the 2018 edition, the cause for the marathon will be improving maternal health in the country. According to Katamba, maternal health continues to be an area that requires improvement in terms of access .“This year, we’d like to focus on one cause, improving maternal health in Uganda. This is aimed at ensuring that is safe childbirth. Nearly Shs2bn has been raised over the years in order to support several causes in Uganda through the MTN Kampala Marathon,” Katamba adds.
The MTN Marathon will take place on the 25th of November.