British Commentator Rob Walker believes the Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon will go a long way in promoting the Kasese region.
Walker graced the concluded Marathon on Saturday and he is among the top guests including Uganda Breweries Managing Director Andrew Kilonzo who took part in the 5km run.
He openly revealed his love for Kasese, its people and landscape, and described the whole marathon setup as ‘special’.
“I can see the potential in this event, it’s going to be a big part of promoting this area going forward because we need people to know that Uganda has mountains, they should come to see the Rwenzori,” Walker said.
“There is beauty, there is music, there is culture, its a brilliant part of an amazing country and I think events like this will help to put this area on the global map.
“I have attended many distance events around the World but this is really special. It feels like a party. Its not about winning alone, its about coming here and enjoy the party and feel a different part of an amazing place.”
This was Walker’s second visit in the Country after his first earlier this year in February when he also visited the Teryet High Altitude Centre.
Walker went to Kasese, fresh from commentating at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
He is well known for his love for Uganda as a Country and its Athletes.
And he believes that the future of Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon is brighter.
“The future is bigger, there are other events like these around the world but this has got a real energy to it. When we were doing the warmups before the race started, it was like no one had gone to bed. There was a disco from Friday night.
“The atmosphere has been brilliant from the moment I arrived. This event will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Vitalis Kwemoi and Chemos Viola Munerya were crowned male and female winners of the 42km of the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon.
The top five finishers in the 42km race in both the men’s and women’s categories won Shs8m, Shs5m, Shs3m, Shs2m and Shs1m respectively.
The top five in the 21km half-marathon (both male and female) walked away with Shs5m, Shs4m, Shs3m, Shs2m and Shs1m respectively.