Chemutai and Lydia Wafula out to defend MTN Marathon titles

By James Bakama

Organisers said that Ugandan Policeman Chemutai and Kenya Prisons’ Wafula have confirmed participation in Sunday’s race.

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Ugandans take part in the MTN Marathon in Kampala. File Photo 
 
Sunday
 
42km: Start time 6.45 am
 
Upper Kololo Terrace
 
21km: Start time 7.10 am
 
10km: Start time 7.20 am
 
5km: Start time 7.15 am        
 
Defending champions Joshua Chemutai and Lydia Wafula are back to defend their MTN Kampala Marathon titles.
 
Organisers said that Ugandan Policeman Chemutai and Kenya Prisons’ Wafula have confirmed participation in Sunday’s race.
 

 Ugandans take part in the MTN Marathon in Kampala. File Photo

 The race will also feature seasoned Ethiopians Tedla Kidist and Bira Guta together with Eritreans Hibret Yohannes and Petro Shaku.
 
The marathon will be flagged off at 6.45 am while the 21km, 10km, and 5km events will start at 7.10 am, 7.20 am and 7.15 am respectively.
 
While the 5, 21 and 42km races will be flagged off at Upper Kololo Terrace, the 10km event that attracts the biggest entry will start at Kololo airstrip.
 

 Ugandans take part in the MTN Marathon in Kampala. File Photo

 
The 16th edition of the marathon will have the 42 and 21km races avoiding the congested Wandegeya, northern bypass and Entebbe Road areas.
 
One of the route designers Paul Okello said that most of the running will be done in the areas of Bugoloobi, Nakasero, Namuwongo, Kololo and Jinja Road.
 
These areas will feature one loop for the 21km event and double that for the marathon.
 

 Ugandans take part in the MTN Marathon in Kampala. File Photo

The 10km route has been maintained with participants running on  Elgon Terrace, Upper Kololo Terrace, Lugogo Bypass, Kira Road, Yusuf Lule, Lower Kololo Terrace and back to the airstrip.
 
The 5km has participants on Mabua Road, John Babiiha Avenue, Acacia Mall, Prince Charles Drive, Ekoko Avenue, Upper Kololo Terrace and back to the airstrip.