26 November 2008

Kampala Marathon...

This past Sunday was the MTN Kampala Marathon... they had a 10K, half-marathon and marathon... I ran the half and Josh ran the 10K...



It was an experience... 10,800 runners of which only 200-300 were mizungu...

After getting stuck behind security at the start of my race I managed to weave through the crowd, bodas, taxis and on-coming traffic to finish the race in 2 hours... not a personal best but I am learning that running races in Uganda is more about the experience than the finish time...

Reading the newspaper reviews this week have been almost as fun as the race itself...

The Independent...
You will find the small ones, and the big ones, fat ones, and thin ones, the old and young -- all at the starting line of the 2008 MTN International marathon on November 23.
... what is the difference between big ones and fat ones... and which category do they put me in?

The Daily Monitor...
The Kampala MTN international marathon has grown into the most anticipated social yet competitive episode of the year, joining the PAM Awards and the Goats races - events that every city socialite must attend.
... the goat races were amazing but seeing men running in pink tights and sandals tops goats any day!

The New Vision...
RUNNERS skipped a section of the MTN Marathon’s 10km route on Sunday, leading to elite runners registering very fast times, officials admitted yesterday. 

Race organisers and the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) officials conceded yesterday that the lead car that guided the 10km front runners missed 800m of the route.
... it wasn't the most organized event but definitely entertaining...

1 comment:

Lena said...

Love it! Did Christine run this time around??