By Aisha Nabukonde.
On Saturday morning, thousands of marathoners graced the inaugural edition of the Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon in Kasese, a town popular for its magnificent Rwenzori mountain ranges.
The event was made public and every participants will traverse 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.
Kenya’s Douglas Chebii posted a winning time of 1:05:56 as he won the men’s 21km marathon and a cash prize of Ugx 3M.
Jonathan Akankwasa clinched silver having finished second in a time of 1:06.36 while Gilbert Ramutwire finished third in a time of 1:06:56 to claim Ugx 1M.
Meanwhile, in the women’s 42km category, Kenya’s Isgah Cheruto who won the 2021 Dodoma Marathon took gold in Kasese after posting a winning time of 2:51:01 seconds.
Uganda’s Harriet Agnes Amuron came second in 2:51:55 seconds to claim silver while Priscilla Chelengat settled for bronze having clocked 2:54:49 seconds to the finish line.
Emily Jepkoech finished fourth in a time of 2:57:09 seconds to claim Ugx 2M while Sheila Ejalu finished fifth as she sealed the cash prize bracket in 3:03.18 seconds with ugx 1M.
“We want to attract more people from across the world to run and also climb Mt. Rwenzori and the conditions to climb are more favorable in July,” Amos Wekesa said.
In an interview with the media at the marathon, UBL Marketing and Innovations Director, Emmy Hashakimana stated that this would not be a one-off for the organizers and that the Tusker Lite brand would be a part of the adventure for a long time.
“We are proud of what we have accomplished here today and I thank the organizers who have contributed to the success of this event. I’m certain that this marathon is going to transform business in Kasese. Already the signs are evident,” he narrated.
However,the 5km race winners include Okello Geoffrey, Richard Atuhaire among others.
The second edition of the Rwenzori Marathon is anticipated to be held in July 2023.
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 September 2022.