Joy as World Athletics Certification approves Uganda’s Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon

The World Athletics has officially certified the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon course, marking a significant milestone in the event’s journey towards global recognition.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala today.

World Athletics is the global governing body for athletics which oversees various disciplines including track and field, cross country running, road running, race walking, mountain running, and ultra running.

The marathon’s certification was confirmed on Wednesday, April 3, following a thorough assessment process led by Garvin Wright, an official from World Athletics.

Wright, who is one of just three top-tier (Grade A) World Athletics route measurers in Africa, concluded the measuring and evaluating of the route for the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon in Kasese on Sunday, March 24th.

The assessment focused on accurately measuring the marathon route, evaluating its layout, elevation changes and other factors crucial to the race’s integrity. Now featuring four categories – 42km, 21km, 10km, and 5km – the marathon offers something for everyone, promoting healthy lifestyles, community engagement and a field for proving athletic excellence.

Notably, the marathon is now the only Ugandan-run event certified by the World Athletics. Achieving certification from the federation immediately establishes the Rwenzori Marathon as a globally recognized and reputable event.

It serves as a testament to the marathon’s adherence to the highest international standards of organization, course measurement, safety and athlete support.

Uganda Breweries Managing Director Andrew Kilonzo welcomed the development.

According to a study conducted by Makerere University’s Tourism Research & Development Centre last year, the marathon injected UGX 3.5 billion into Kasese’s economy during the 2023 edition. 30 per cent of the participants visited Kasese for the first time for the marathon.

With this certification, the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon now joins a select group of globally certified race courses.

Julius Nkuraija, the course director, days the marathon brings a wealth of experience in designing routes and has expressed his excitement for this grand step in the history of the event.

The marathon will now be able to provide athletes world-wide with unparalleled opportunities to compete and set records on a course recognised worldwide.

The eagerly awaited third edition of the Tusker Lite Mt. Rwenzori Marathon is set for Saturday, August 24th in Kasese. ENDS

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