How much prize money is at stake today?

By Charles Mutebi

Individual winners in the seniors’ category today will each earn $30,000 (sh106.7m).

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If there was a podium for teams that made the best first impression ahead of today’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships, hosts Uganda would unfortunately be nowhere near it.

Thanks to Team Uganda’s underwhelming entrance into Kampala on Friday morning, the public relations race was lost dismally.

The global event, coming to Uganda for the first time, will be held in Kololo today.

Compared to the uniform and colourful entrances of visiting teams that dominated the news cycle throughout this week, Uganda’s arrival was a slap in the face to the nation.

Appearances count and Team Uganda’s shabby outlook was an eyesore. Two months of training camp have certainly taken a toll on Stephen Kiprotich’s team but there was no use wearing that look for the public.

Individual winners in the seniors’ category today will each earn $30,000 (sh106.7m).

A total of $310,000 (sh1.1bn) will be on offer for the top performers of the one day event. Money will be paid out to the top finishers of both the senior men and women’s events.

A total of $140,000 (sh498m) is up for grabs for individuals in the two races. In the team events of both senior races another $140,000 is also on offer. Here $20,000 (sh71m) is up for grabs for the winning team.

There will also be $30,000 for the inaugural relay race. The winning team will get $12,000 (sh42.7m). The prizes in this case only apply for the top four teams.

Prize money

1st $30,000 (sh106m)

2nd $15,000 (sh53m)

3rd $10,000 (sh35.5m)

4th $ 7000 (sh24.9m)

5th $5000 (sh17.7m)

6th $3000 (sh 10.6m)

Team races

1st $20,000 (sh71m)

2nd $16,000 (sh56.9m)

3rd $12,000 (sh42.7m)

4th $10,000 (sh35,5m)

5th $ 8000 (sh28.4m)

6th $4000 (sh14.2m)

Mixed relays

1st $12,000 (sh42.7m)

2nd $8000 (sh28.4m)

3rd $6000 (sh21.3m)

4th $4000 (sh14.2m)