REVEALED: Why the MTN Kampala Marathon won’t take place this year

Kampala, (UG): Uganda’s Telecon giant, MTN Uganda has announced the annual MTN Kampala Marathon will not be held this year 2023 as the company continues its festivities of the 25-year anniversary.

“As we embark on our mission to set new standards of excellence, we are taking a step back to realign our mission and innovate around how to distinguish ourselves and become more impactful for the years to come,” MTN said in a statement issued on Monday jointly together with the Uganda Athletic Federation (UAF).

“We will therefore not be having the MTN Kampala Marathon this year, but will soon announce the next transformation chapter in this remarkable journey that we have all come to cherish,” the statement adds.

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MTN added that it “remains steadfast in its commitment to championing the passions of Ugandans, as the leading sponsor of various initiatives that enrich the lives of our people.”

“We look forward to crafting more unforgettable memories in the future.”

The MTN Kampala Marathon evolved into a grand spectacle, attracting over 30,000 runners each year, with the first taking place in 2004 with about 1,500 participants.

The marathon has been happening annually in November except for the two COVID years (2020-2021) with a focus on elevating the quality of life of Ugandans with several community projects funded by the money raised from the event.

The marathon’s impact extends far beyond the finish line, significantly elevating the quality of life for countless families and communities across Uganda. Beyond the realm of sports, the MTN Kampala Marathon has demonstrated a profound commitment to philanthropy.

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Since the first edition, MTN says “it has raised over Shs 5 billion which has been thoughtfully invested in diverse community causes, including initiatives focused on improving sanitation, access to clean water and enhancing maternal health.”

Below is the MTN Marathon Press Statement

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