The MTN Kampala Marathon is Back
- MTN Uganda has announced the resumption of the MTN Kampala Marathon this year, following a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19
- The 17th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon will take place on Sunday 20th November 2022
- Registration for MTN Kampala Marathon kit is now open at a discounted rate using MTN MoMo
- The improved kit now features a running belt that can carry a water bottle and mobile phone, for a better running experience.
- Proceeds of the 2022 marathon shall go towards kitting maternal and newborn facilities in four health centers across Uganda
- There shall be a family park (for the children), with lots of entertainment by top artists and DJs after the Marathon
MTN Uganda together with its partners Huawei, Stanbic bank, New Vision, Rwenzori, NBS TV and KCCA – the host city, have announced the 2022 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon, which shall take place on Sunday 20th November 2022 under the theme; “Run for Babies”. This announcement comes after a two-year break due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
First run in 2004, the MTN Kampala Marathon has been a mainstay on the Ugandan sports calendar and a major springboard for East Africa’s elite athletes. In addition to being the most professional Marathon in the region, the MTN Kampala Marathon has earned its place as the biggest charity-inspired marathon, giving participants a good reason to run, not only for their own health and fitness but to also contribute to projects that have supported communities over the years.
While launching the MTN Kampala Marathon 2022 at the MTN Uganda Head offices today, Sylvia Mulinge, the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer announced that the proceeds from this year’s Marathon shall be used again to upgrade maternal and newborn facilities in health centers across the country.
“As a continuation to the tremendous impact that the Marathon has achieved over the past years, this year’s marathon proceeds shall similarly be dedicated to further improving the selected maternal and neonatal health facilities, by refurbishing and equipping them to save the lives of mothers and babies,” Mulinge said, urging the public to participate and contribute in the noble cause.
As is the case in many sub-Saharan countries, statistics indicate that there are an estimated 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and 43 infant deaths per 1000 live births in Uganda, with 42% of the children’s mortality occurring during the neonatal period (source: Uganda Health and Demographic Survey, 2016 – UNFPA).
“It is therefore through such initiatives that the public and corporate companies can join hands with the government to ensure better health service delivery that is critical in the elimination of these preventable deaths among mothers and babies.
Over the years, contributions from the MTN Kampala Marathon have supported the area of maternal and child health tremendously. Ush. 900m was raised from the MTN Marathon editions of 2018 and 2019 and that together with a top of Ush.400m from MTN Foundation was used to refurbish maternal wards in four health centers across the country.
Working with the Ministry of Health and UNFPA as the implementing partners, the health centers of Kawempe Hospital in Kampala, Muyembe Health Center IV in Bulambuli district, Pakwach HC IV in Pakwach district, Kalangala HC IV in Kalangala district, and Karugutu HC IV in Ntoroko district, were refurbished and equipped with neo-natal equipment, using proceeds from 2018 and 2019. The facilities are fully operational, offering mothers and newborns much-needed healthcare services.
Proceeds from this year’s Marathon shall be used to upgrade maternal and newborn services in four selected health facilities across the country. The beneficiary health facilities include Kisenyi and Kawaala health facilities in the suburbs of Kampala plus those in Kachumbala (Teso sub-region) and Kabong (Karamoja sub-region)
The 2022 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon will be held on Sunday 20th November starting at the Kololo independence grounds with runners participating in any of 4 categories including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), 10Km race and 5Km fun run. The wheelchair race (10Km) shall be held on Sunday 13th November 2022.
This year’s kit features a running belt that offers a secure and convenient way for runners to keep their valuables and water bottle to rehydrate, while they run.
Over the years, contributions from the MTN Kampala Marathon have supported the area of maternal and child health tremendously. Ushs.900m was raised from the MTN Marathon editions of 2018 and 2019 and that together with a top of Ushs.400m from MTN Foundation, was used to refurbish maternal wards in four health centers across the country,
The MTN Kampala Marathon has, over the years raised Ushs 4bn+ and benefitted several causes such as helping expectant mothers with maternity kit, resettling people displaced by war in northern Uganda, delivering clean water and improving sanitation in communities/schools, and most recently, improving maternal in health facilities.
The MTN Marathon pledges to continue playing its role in connecting and uniting Ugandans to causes that make a difference in the lives of thousands (if not millions) across the country.
Kit prices and kit items for the various MTN Kampala Marathon race categories
|Race categories||Kids’ Kit||Wheelchair Race||5 Kms||10Kms||21Kms||42 Kms|
|Kit items||T. Shirt||Vest, Sun visor, Running belt, bottle||Vest, Sun visor, Running belt, bottle, timing chip|
— Partners’ Comments—
Dominic Otucet, President, Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF)
We are grateful to MTN for sticking with us for the last 19 years, from 2004 when we had the inaugural MTN Kampala Marathon until now. We at UAF value and cherish this partnership. Our partnership with MTN has enabled our good performance in athletics, which has become a golden sport in Uganda. We are therefore happy to resume the MTN Kampala Marathon after the two-year break
Don Wanyama, Managing Director, Vision Group
Vision group has been part of the MTN Kampala Marathon since its inception. We are happy to be part of the Marathon because its purpose fits in the spirit of Vision Group’s CSR. Vision Group is offering Media leverage worth Ush.150 million towards the 2022 MTN Kampala Marathon.
Samuel Chen, Vice President Huawei Regional Office
We have been partners of the MTN Kampala Marathon for the past 8 editions. We are grateful for the great opportunity given to us by MTN Uganda, to be part of a good cause that benefits society. As Huawei, we are contributing Ush.280 million to the MTN Kampala Marathon 2022. After the two-year marathon thirst, we are happy to be running again this year for a good cause.
Anne Juuko, Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic Bank
We at Stanbic are very proud to be associated with MTN, and even more proud to be doing that for a good cause for the last 8 years. We value the partnership with MTN due to the immense power that lies in collaborations for a common good cause. There is no nobler cause than supporting maternal and newborn health. As such, we are contributing Ush.170 million shillings to this endeavor.
MTN MoMo Ltd- Richard Yego, Managing Director, MTN MoMo Limited
As has been the norm, MTN MoMo will support the MTN Kampala Marathon by discounting all the kits that shall be paid for via MTN MoMo. Following the past 2 years of the pandemic, discounting the kits is our way of ensuring that many more people take part in the MTN Kampala Marathon. The children are the future of this country and it is important that we support them right from birth. Be vigilant to avoid falling prey to fraudsters.
NBS TV- Joe Kigozi- Deputy Group CEO Next Media/General Manager, NBS Sport
As Next Media, our vision is to inform and transform society because Sport has the power to change lives. In a country with such a young population, it is a pleasure for us to be part of a noble cause that will save more precious lives. Next Media has pledged media value worth Ush.500Million towards the MTN Kampala Marathon 2022.
Newton Lee Ogong, Channel Execution and Trade Marketing Manager, Coca Cola
We are proud to have been part of the MTN Kampala Marathon for the past years, including this year. We believe that one of the most important requirements for any runner is hydration. Therefore, as Coca-Cola, we will be supporting with value worth Ush.75 million beverages.
Dorothy Kisaka, Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority.
10 babies die every day due to avoidable causes and poor antenatal management of mothers as well as heavy congestion of public facilities. As such, we are glad to be hosting the Marathon whose proceeds shall help in alleviating this challenge. We look forward to hosting the most professional Marathon in the region. This is a statement and an endorsement of our city, and we are honored to be hosting the MTN Kampala Marathon 2022.
The MTN Kampala Marathon Proceeds and their distribution since its inception
|Year||No. Runners||Beneficiary Amount||Theme||Implementing Entity||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 rainwater jars, 5 ferro cement tanks, 509 bio sand filters)||Water Aid||Amuria|
|2012||20,000||300,000,000||Water & Sanitation (10 boreholes)||Uganda Red Cross||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||20,000||500,000,000||Installation and improvement of Sanitation/toilet facilities including water harvesting and bio-gas components
in primary schools around Kampala.
|1. Kitebi Primary School
2. Kisaasi Primary School
3. Police Primary School Nsambya
4. Naguru Katale Primary School
5. Kasubi Church of Uganda Primary School
|1. Nakasero Primary School
2. Kitante Primary School
3. Kampala School for the handicapped
4. Namungoona Kigobe Primary School
5. Munyonyo Church of Uganda Primary School
|2017||20,000||600,000,000||Improvement of Maternal health and reduction of exposure to cancer||KCCA||Maternal health;
· Komamboga & Kiswa health centres
Replacement of asbestos roofing; Nakasero Primary School
|2018||20,000+||600,000,000 (MKM collections)
400,000,000 (MTN Foundation)
|Improvement of Maternal health facilities in Health Centre IVs||UNFPA & MoH||Refurbishment and equipping of theatres and labour wards of five Health Centre IVs incl:
1. Muyembe HC IV in Bulambuli district
2. Pakwach HC IV in Pakwach
3. Kalangala HC IV in Kalangala
4. Karugutu HC IV in Ntoroko district
5. Kawempe Referral Hospital in Kampala.