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Rwenzori Marathon earns prestigious certification from World Athletics body

Kampala, (UG):- The TuskerLite Rwenzori Marathon has achieved an exclusive distinction as the only marathon in the country certified by the esteemed World Athletics Federation.

This coveted status not only elevates the marathon’s prestige but also opens doors for Ugandan athletes to compete on the global stage, including prestigious events like the Olympics.

The momentous unveiling ceremony of the certification, held in the presence of the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Honorable Kabbyanga Godfrey Baluku, marked a significant milestone in Ugandan sports history.

Expressing his pride and excitement, Minister Kabbyanga emphasized the importance of this recognition, highlighting its role in showcasing Uganda’s athletic talent and natural beauty to the world.

“It’s a momentous occasion as this certification crowns the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon as the sole Ugandan marathon recognized by the global authority of athletics” He said.

Scheduled for its highly anticipated third edition on August 24th, 2024, against the breathtaking backdrop of Kasese, the TuskerLite Rwenzori Marathon has captured the hearts of both athletes and spectators alike.

Minister Kabbyanga reiterated the government’s steadfast support for the marathon, recognizing its invaluable contribution to promoting tourism and fostering national pride.

“I am pleased to reaffirm the unwavering commitment of the government towards promoting the Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon as a pivotal component in advancing tourism within our beloved country.”

“This event serves as a beacon, drawing attention not only to the athletic prowess of our nation but also to the breathtaking natural beauty that Uganda has to offer” He added.

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Acknowledging the crucial role of sponsors in realizing the marathon’s success, Minister Kabbyanga extended gratitude to Uganda Breweries Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, Hima Cement, and the Uganda Tourism Board for their unwavering commitment.

“Gratitude is extended to the sponsors whose generous support has been instrumental in making this marathon a reality and have demonstrated commendable dedication towards fostering this event’s success.”

Their generous support has been instrumental in shaping the marathon into a symbol of excellence and unity within the Ugandan community.

Beyond its athletic significance, the TuskerLite Rwenzori Marathon stands as a testament to Uganda’s dedication to conservation, health, and prosperity.

With a focus on promoting holistic well-being, the marathon represents a convergence of sporting excellence and social responsibility.

The government’s proactive measures, including enhanced security and infrastructure improvements, underscore its commitment to ensuring a safe and memorable experience for participants and spectators alike.

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As Uganda prepares to embark on this exhilarating journey, Minister Kabbyanga urged all stakeholders to embrace the spirit of unity and celebration.

“Together, let us champion the values of athleticism, conservation, and community engagement that define the essence of the TuskerLite Rwenzori Marathon, propelling Uganda to new heights on the global stage.” He concluded.

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