With a few days to D-day, the TuskerLite Mt Rwenzori Marathon keeps on gaining momentum. The run has today unveiled another of its main sponsors, United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Speaking during the media briefing at the UNDP headquarters on Yusuf Lule Road in Kampala on August 24, Mr Amos Wekesa, one of the organisers of the event noted that when approached, UNDP were quick to come on board and preach the marathon gospel, thanks to their patron Ms Elsie Attafuah, who he said is passionate about Uganda.

He welcomed UNDP physical participation and coming on board to sponsor the marathon for a second edition in a row, saying this goes a long way in marketing the marathon at a global level.

“UNDP’s resources are basically for bringing in foreign runners. These are a great asset in this marathon because they spend and bring in money in the economy. They usually come a week before the marathon and leave a week after, and all this while, they are spending money,” he noted.

He added: “The idea of this marathon was conceived eight years ago out of the frustration of seeing Mt Kilimanjaro earning lots of money for Tanzania. I thought to myself, can’t Mt Rwenzori do the same for Uganda?”

Having started in 2003, Wekesa noted that the Kilimanjaro Marathon not only brings in lots of income for Tanzania but also markets the Moshi area where it is carried out, a similar concept he wants to happen in Kasese.