April 8, 2018
Amidst the heavy downpour, a big statement was made as the king of Buganda Kingdom, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II flagged off hundreds of thousands of participants for the 2018 Airtel Kabaka Birthday run.
Massive Turn up at the 2018 Airtel Kabaka Birthday Run
At least 50,000 runners took part in the sold-out race took part in the early Sunday morning event.
From as early as 4 AM, runners defied the harsh weather as they flocked the Lubiri, Mengo palace for the warm up and limbering drills.
By 6 AM, the turn up had peaked with all gates of the royal palace jammed up with red as the people strove to gain access to the starting point.
Participants at the 2018 Airtel Kabaka Birthday Run
Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister, Katikiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga flanked by the Kingdom minister of Sports, Leisure and Recreation, Owek. Henry Ssekabembe Kiberu were part of the team that warmly welcomed the Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, who arrived minutes to 7 AM.
He waved to his eagerly awaiting subjects before the Buganda and National anthems were played.
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II flagging off the runners at Lubiri.
First he flagged off the 21KM race runners amidst excitement with the Buganda Kingdom and Uganda national flags.
Moments later, he then flagged off the 10KM runners and finally the biggest chunk that covered 5KM, the shortest route, running through Rubaga road, Nabunya road, Lubiri Ring road before the finish back at Lubiri Mengo.
L-R: Airtel MD, V.G Somasekhar, Kabaka Mutebi, Remmie Kisakye and Indrajeet Singh.
The run was also graced by Kabaka's Ministers, Abataka Ab'obusolya, County and sub county chiefs, top officials from Airtel Uganda that included Managing Director, V.G Somasekhar; Marketing Director, Indrajeet Singh and Head of Brand and Communication, Remmie Kisakye.
All classes of people in the community; from the young and aged, musicians, politicians, sportsmen, businessmen, lawyers, journalists, doctors, and the ordinary laymen took part.
Different companies led by the prime sponsors, Airtel Uganda, Post bank, MAAD Advertising, CBS FM, BBS TV, among others, bought running kits for their respective employees to run in the race.
Kabaka shaking hands with the head of people with disabilities who alsom participated in the Run as Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga looks on
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga welcoming back the chirf Runner, Prince David Kintu Wasajja.
By 10:30 AM, most participants had returned as they joined many in the stretching drills before entertainment by the lined up musicians.
The proceeds from the run will be used to help sickle cell patients.