Proceeds from the marathon are to go into buying materials for making sanitary pads.
JINJA - An endless stream of runners clad in grey vests was a sight to behold moments after they were flagged off for the Pan Marathon by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Sunday.
By 6:30am, anxious runners were seen trotting from their homes to Pan Dental Clinic along Clive Road West for the warmup session, before hitting the 21km, 10km and 5km routes.
Kadaga was welcomed by Busoga Kingdom Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muvawala Nsekere, former Jinja East Municipality MP and NRM party chairperson Nathan Igeme Nabeta and Busoga Kingdom's spokesperson Andrew Ntange.
After a 30-minute warmup, Kadaga flagged off the racers.
Notable in the marathon were Miss World Africa Quiin Abenakyo, Henry Kyemba and Prince David Wasajja, who delivered sh2m to Pan Foundation from the Kabaka of Buganda in support of the girl child.
Wasajja handed the cash to Muvawala, who later presented it to Pan Foundation chief executive Dr. Tom Mutyabule.
Proceeds from the marathon are to go into buying materials for making sanitary pads and also boosting menstrual hygiene.
Kadaga later officially opened Pan Dental Clinic and called on Ugandans to support the girl child.
"I am happy with Dr. Mutyabule's initiative for supporting vulnerable girl children through his Pan Foundation, please Ugandans let us support him in this cause," she said.
The Speaker presented medals to the race category winners.
Emmanuel Chebet, Julius Ochieng and Julius Kabagambe won the 5km, 10km and 21km races respectively.
Each was offered dental medication worth sh1m at Pan Dental Clinic for a year and fuel from Shell Uganda.