By Aisha Nabukonde
On Saturday the 3rd of September, the Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon was held in the 5km, 21km, and 42km categories.
The event was made public and every participant traversed through the various places within Kasese Municipality as Kilembe, Chanjojo, Mburakasaka, Kasanga, Muzogoti, Kirembe, Portal Road, Rwenzori Road, Kilembe Road, and Rukidi III, among others.
Allan Andiema won the men’s 42km, 5 million cash prize after crossing the finish line at 2:31.49 seconds as the top best.
Bahati Sadic came second and won 4m after posting a time of 2:33:23 while Patrick Omara scooped the men’s 42km podium with 2:36:35 taking home UGX3M.
David Solimo who finished fourth in 2:38:08 seconds claimed UGX 2M and Alex Chebe clocked the finish line in 2:39:42 to claim UGX1M.
Andiema is currently a non-contracted athlete with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Athletics Club but believes that the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon win will open doors for him to sign his first contract.
He says that the win feels good and the UGX5M cash prize is an addition to the fun and adventure he had as he also enjoyed the beauty of the area.
“The adventure was also one of a kind because this is my first time in Kasese. This place looks beautiful and blessed and I’m so happy that I came for the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon,” Andiema added that he is looking forward to other marathons.
Andiema later attributed his win to personal belief and motivation albeit the event being his maiden marathon. Chilly weather due to night rains and early preparations are other reasons for Andiema’s win, according to him.
This marathon was sponsored by Uganda Breweries Limited under the Tusker Lite brand as they contributed Shs. 800m to the Rwenzori Marathon.
Other sponsors include Rwenzori Natural Mineral water contributed Shs 17M, Health partner Rocket Health, Jumia, Standard Chartered Bank, and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), among others.
Among the dignitaries that presided over include; the UNDP Uganda Country Representative Elsie G Attafuah, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Chief Executive Officer Lilly Ajarova, area Members of Parliament, celebrated politician Winnie Kiiza (former woman MP, Kasese and leader of opposition in Parliament), Buganda Kingdom Prince David Wasajja, former Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga, Equator Heights director Amos Wekesa, among others.
An Sh42m prize money was shared amongst the winners – Sh5m, 4m, 3m, 2m, and Shs1m await the top five winners in the 42km for both men and women.
Not only the marathon took place but also other activities that include; the tourism expo and re-greening Kasese drives that both will conclude on the 4th of September 2022.