Hundreds grace inaugural Entebbe Marathon

Wuhan, China Marathon: 9th April, 2017

 Uganda Representatives:

  • Kipalagat Erikana Felix (42 KM)
  • John Kateregga     (21 KM)
  • Jacob Araptai (10 KM)
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Participants in Entebbe Marathon

Not even the early morning rains could stop from the hundreds of fun and professional athletes from the inaugural Entebbe Marathon.

Entebbe Municipality and the surrounding Katabi Town Council was painted in a sea of blue and white as participants took part in the early morning run on Sunday.

Felix Kiplagat Erikana, John Kateregga and Jacob Araptai won the 42, 21 and 10km races respectively as they earned the tickets to take part in the Wuhan China marathon slated for 9th April 2017.

This was the first ever Entebbe Marathon which was branded a success judging from the big turn up saw Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff Kiplagat Erikana Felix clock 2:15:38 hours to finish top in the main 42km race category.

Robert Lubega and Kiptoyek Alfred who notched a timing of (2:16:10) and (2:18:12) came second and third respectively.

Felix Kiplagat

Kiplagat told journalists shortly after the success that he was excited for the victory

This has been my first time to participate in the 42km marathon and I’m glad that I’ve won.

I’ve only been participating in the 21km marathon. I performed fairly well and I hope to improve in the near future through training constantly.

We long distance runners need to be supported because many of us struggle on our own

He thus earned an air ticket to Wuhan, China Marathon courtesy of the Entebbe based African Gold Refinery Company.

John Kateregga finished top in the 21km category after notching a timing of (1:07:24). He beat his two fierce competitors Vitalis Kwemoi and Felix Chemonges in a timing of (1:07:29) and (1:07:38) respectively.

Jacob Araptai and Ronald Musalu won the 10km and 5km race categories with a timing of (29:30:08) and (20:12:06) respectively.

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Participants at the start and finishing points of the Entebbe Marathon

In the Ladies Category, Uganda Prisons Staff Hellen Chemutai beat Dorcus Inzikuru to finish top in the 42km category. She successfully completed the 42 km category with a timing of (3:08:56) while Dorcus Inzikuru came second with a timing of (2:03:22:50).

Rebbeca Cheptegei and Vanis Chemtai finished first and second in the 21km category with a timing of 1:20:28 and 1:24:51 respectively.

Chebet Rispa topped the 5km category with a timing of 35:46:06 while Janet Achola finished second with a timing of (35:59:06).

“I would like to thank you all for turning up in record numbers.

“I would like to thank all the various sponsors who supported us in various aspects including the China Construction and Communication Company (CCCC) who injected Thirty Million Shillings in the Marathon.

“All the proceeds from the Marathon will go to supporting Children with Disabilities under the Modesta Foundation.

“Next year we shall focus on improving the Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools. We are taking three best Athletes in the 42, 21 and 10kms who will represent Uganda slated to take place on April 9, 2017 in Wuhan, China,” Mayor Vincent De Paul Kayanja stated.

All the individual winners walked away with different categories of prizes including cash courtesy of the various sponsors.