Partners pose for a group photo shortly after unveiling the 2016 MTN Marathon at MTN Towers. The mission of the Marathon is to rally runners to raise funds for the implementation of improved sanitation facilities for pupils through the construction of environmentally friendly smart bio-toilet facilities.

MTN Uganda has today launched the 13th edition of the annual Kampala Marathon, with a mission to rally runners to raise funds for the implementation of improved sanitation facilities for pupils through the construction of environmentally friendly smart bio-toilet facilities in a number of selected public primary schools in the outskirts Kampala, in partnership with the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA).

The 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon will follow the theme “Run for Kampala”; an extension of the campaign initiated last year and is expected to attract 20,000 participants.

Together with partners Stanbic Bank, Huawei, New Vision, Rwenzori Mineral water, the MTN Kampala Marathon promises some big attractions this year with registration inquiries coming from as far as the Netherlands. In association with the Uganda Athletic Federation (UAF) and supported by the Uganda Police, this 13th edition of the internationally recognized MTN Kampala Marathon promises to be an exciting mix of fun and competitive running.

One of the activities in preparation for the Sunday 20th November 2016 event include a Kapchorwa – Kampala run relay that will feature runners from the athletics heartland of Uganda. With support from the New Vision and the other MTN marathon partners, a not-for-profit organization from Netherlands – From Coach to Coach has organized this fun relay; to raise awareness and support for the budding talent in Kapchorwa region of Uganda. This run will feature some of the big names in Ugandan athletics.  Participants in the relay will be running the MTN Kampala Marathon.

Over the last 13 years, 170,000 entrants have participated in the MTN Kampala Marathon and have raised money in excess of Sh1.8 billion to help people in less privileged communities. Collections from previous events have been used in a number of projects; in the early years towards the provision of ‘Mama Bags’ to expectant mothers in the Internally Displaced People’s camps in Gulu and most recently to different water and sanitation projects around the country including Kotido, Karamoja, Amuria and Kiryandongo in Masindi.

MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte urged the public to register and participate in what has grown to become Uganda’s biggest Marathon.

“Your participation will go a long way in mobilizing funds that are improving the well-being of children in the less privileged areas of our communities. Apart from improved sanitation, this project has the added benefits of environment friendly bio gas units that will be used in preparing meals for pupils and a rain water harvesting facilities that will improve access to clean water,” Wim said during the launch.

“MTN and partners are proud to give the public the platform to express whatever reason they have through the run,” he concluded.

Commenting on Vision Group’s involvement with the MTN Kampala Marathon, Robert Kabushenga, the company CEO noted that, “The fact that the money raised this year will be used to provide safe sanitation facilities in Kampala children allows us to be part of an initiative to give back to our community”.

Patrick Mweheire; CEO Stanbic Bank Uganda also commented that, they’re extremely proud and excited to partner with MTN once again in what has become a world class event attracting fun runners and elite athletes from across the globe.

“We have consistently supported the MTN Kampala Marathon because we appreciate the positive impact that the funds raised from the event have on the lives of the chosen beneficiaries and extend communities,” Patrick said during the launch.

On his part, Stanley Chyn the Managing Director – Huawei Uganda said, “We shall continue to support efforts to improve access to sustainable sanitation for the urban poor school children in Kampala, and this year Huawei is yet again making a contribution of 250,000,000 UGX towards this campaign arranged through the marathon”

Payments and registration

Registration for the 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon will commence on Monday 7th November at the new MTN headquarters (formerly BAT offices) along Jinja road. The public will access the registration points using the gate opposite Meat Packers.

For convenience, the public can also register at Stanbic Bank – William Street Branch, MTN service centres at Lugogo (Shoprite), Forest Mall, MTN shop along Kampala Road, Kyaggwe Road and MTN service centre at Victoria Mall in Entebbe.

Interested members of the public can register for 25,000/- in cash or 23,000/- if they opt to use MTN Mobile Money.

Marathon Kit

The marathon kit among others includes a bib encased with a timing chip that will register each runner’s time. This makes the MTN Kampala Marathon the only professionally timed marathon in Uganda.

Since 2004, the MTN Kampala Marathon has supported the following projects;

Year No. Runners Beneficiary Amount Theme Implementing Partners Beneficiary
2004 1,500  20,000,000 Expectant  mothers in IDPs Uganda Red Cross MAMA Bag Appeal Northern Uganda
2005 2,500  24,500,000 Expectant  mothers in IDPs Uganda Red Cross MAMA Bag Appeal Northern Uganda
2006 3,500  38,000,000 Expectant  mothers in IDPs Uganda Red Cross MAMA Bag Appeal Northern Uganda
2007 6,500  59,000,000 Resettlement kits Uganda Red Cross MAMA Bag Appeal Northern Uganda
2008 18,000  59,000,000 Resettlement kits Uganda Red Cross MAMA Bag Appeal Northern Uganda
2009 22,000  67,000,000 Resettlement kits Uganda Red Cross MAMA Bag Appeal Northern Uganda
2010 18,000 190,000,000 Water & Sanitation Uganda Red Cross Northern Uganda
2011 20,000 230,000,000 Water & Sanitation (installation of 6 boreholes, 24 rain water jars, 5 ferro cement tanks, 509 bio sand filters) Water Aid Amuria
2012 20,000 300,000,000 Water & Sanitation (10 boreholes) Red Kiryandongo
2013 20,000 400,000,000 Water & Sanitation (18 boreholes) Water Aid Nakapiripirit
2014 20,000 450,000,000 Water & Sanitation (18 boreholes) Water Aid Kotido
2015 18,151 500,000,000 Sanitation/toilet facilities including water harvesting and bio-gas components Kampala Capital City Authority Public schools
Totals 170,181 2,337,500,000