For the fourth time, Makerere University Business School (MUBS) alumni have organized an annual race with the main aim of helping girls with disabilities to get the valuable university education.
The race included 5 km and 10 km events with the theme “Enable women with disabilities to access university education”.
As of 5:30 a.m., runners from all walks of life began to flock to the re-greened MUBS playground at Nakawa, the start and finish point.
The flexing sessions to prepare the bodies began at 6 a.m. and an hour later, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Henry Oryem Okell officially flagged the runners in batches.
First down the ramp were runners in the 10k race led by 2012 Olympic marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich.
They were closely followed by 5 KM runners, disabled runners and young people.
Other dignitaries who graced the race included Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama, Uganda’s Animal Industry Minister and MUBS Convocation Member, MP for Nakawa, Hon. Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga, Director of MUBS, Juma Waswa Balunywa among others.
Ismaeil Ssekajja was the youngest runner at one year and six months.
Ssekajja picked up her gold medal accompanied by her mother Mariam Nakigudde.
Edmond Jamunu won the men’s 5KM ahead of Raymond Omara and Patrick Labeja.
The women’s 5km race was knocked down by Agnes Apio, ahead of Mugooha Tayebwa and Sandra Nakiyingi.
Brian Ategera won gold medals in the men’s 10KM. Ategera was better than Gonzaga Ssebuma and Edian Nuwagaba.
The women’s 10km race was won by Jennifer Nyakato.
Adrian Karure and Vivian Najjengo finished first and second runners-up respectively.
The various outstanding performers received medals, certificates and trophies.
Proceeds from this race will be channeled towards tuition facilitation for female students with disabilities.
The main sponsors and partners of this race were Shire Petroleum, Katumwa Sports Center, Pepsi, Subterra, Gateway Bus, Naya Stores.
There are also similar courses at MUBS branch campuses in Jinja and Mbale towns.
- Winner: Edmond Jamunu
- 1st Finalists: Raymond Omara
- 2n/a Finalists: Patrick Labeja
- Winner: Agnes Apio
- 1st Finalists: Mugooha Tayebwa
- 2n/a Finalists: Sandra Nakiyingi
- Winner: Brian Ategera
- 1st Finalists: Gonzaga Ssebuma
- 2n/a Finalists: Edian Nuwagaba
- Winner: Jennifer Nyakato
- 1st Finalists: Adrien Karure
- 2n/a Finalists: Vivian Najjengo
Glad to see so many people taking part in the annual MUBS alumni race for the 4th edition. The cause of helping girls with disabilities gain a college education is very important.