KAMPALA – The second edition of the Mt Rwenzori Tusker Lite Marathon has gotten a boost as three other companies have come on board to ensure its success come September 2.
The marathon, whose major aim is to ensure social empowerment of people living in the Rwenzori region and earning government money through forex, will be an experience to reckon with as a number of people continue to express their willingness to associate with the brand.
Standard Chartered Bank supported the marathon last year and they are returning again with a boost of Shs 100million that will be for the awards.
Announcing their partnership, Mr Sanjay Rughani, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer said they are happy growing with the marathon and will have a great experience exploring the Rwenzori region this year.
“We are big in supporting marathons across the world. It is not just fun but about fitness, empowering communities and our clients. This is one of the few activities that bring us together. We are excited that we are able to partner again,” he said
Speaking at the press briefing, Ms Priscilla Jomo the Sales Executive at Ranchers Finest and Ms Alexandra Nagginda, the marketing assistant shared that they will be on ground to supply processed meat, reaching out to hotels and supermarkets in the area.
“As a brand, we are known for energising when it comes to feeding. In such a marathon people need to be healthy and we shall give you the best. We are going to be serving our different sausages, hot dogs, minced meat and barbeque sausages.”
Amos Wekesa, one of the organisers said last year, the region ran out of meat supply, and with Ranchers Finest coming on board, the phenomenon will be dealt with.
“We have got a chance of having well-done meat outside Kampala and this is the beginning of improving meat across the country. This marathon is all about bringing opportunities to Kasese. In the future, the Rwenzori region should be able to contribute USD500m in forex. We are happy that they are going to sponsor 100 runners,” he said.
Mr Brian Juuko, Le Petit Village sales executive, said the marathon is a journey they are taking from Kampala to Kasese and it is not just about the run but the experience.
“As one of the accommodation partners for Kampala City for the Mt Rwenzori Tusker Lite Marathon, we are announcing a journey with formidable partners. Our international runners will get facilities that speak class when they come to Kampala,” he said.
Mr Juuko revealed that they are looking at accommodating about 48 delegates and these will have a spa and gym that will help the runners prepare for the run adequately.
Wekesa explained that they will have 13 different countries taking part and their mission is to create as many opportunities as they can for this region.
“I believe when accommodations work, a number of people get employment in the area. The more we support entities is the more we support employment in Uganda. What we have with them is a long term partnership and they will be sponsoring 100 runners.”
There will be four categories of winners to be awarded. The top five in 42kilometres, 21 kilometres, the local award and PWDs.
For the 42kilometres, the first winners (male and female) will each get Shs8m, second winners Shs 5m, the third Shs3m, Shs2m for the fourth and Shs1m for the fifth winners.
In the 21kilometres, the first winners (male and female) will each get Shs5m, second winners Shs4m, third Shs3m. fourth Shs2m and Shs1m for the fifth winners.
For the local awards, 42kilometres’ first winners (male and female) will each get Shs500,000 and the second Shs250,000. In the 21kilometres, the first winners (male and female) will each get Shs 300,000 and the second winners will get Shs200,000