The first ever Entebbe Pastors Inaugural Good Friday Marathon lived up to it’s billing after over 150 runners graced the event that was held at the Mayors Gardens. Jonathan Akankwasa claimed victory in the main 21km marathon. Alex Saiga and Primo Agotre finished in second and third place. The three top winners walked away with prizes comprising of house hold items ranging from soap and other items. Others included Patrick Cheptoek, Gideon Grace and Baron Kwesiga, a common figure in Entebbe Marathons, finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively however they walked away empty-handed following their dismal performances.
Youngsters Levi Sande, Isaac Ikara and Isaac Wagada finished in first, second and third place respectively in the junior’s category and they walked away with prizes comprising of household items.
The event organizer Pastor Michael Daniels Ssekandi hailed all the pastors and the runners who graced the marathon and revealed that the Marathon will be held every year on Good Friday.
“I would like to thank all the pastors and runners who have participated in the Inaugural Entebbe Pastors Marathon. The goal of the Marathon is to provide safe water wells and springs for the less fortunate residents in Entebbe Sub-District (Entebbe Municipality Division ‘A’, Division ‘B’ and Katabi Town Council). Secondly, we have over 250 churches in Entebbe Sub-District and through the marathon we will continue to unite as Pastors under our umbrella association the Entebbe Pastors Fellowship (EPF). The marathon will be held annually on Good Friday to celebrate the Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ”, Pastor Michael Daniels Ssekandi revealed.
Meanwhile Entebbe Municipality Deputy Mayor, Richard Ssekyondo, thanked all the Entebbe Pastors for the initiative and revealed that the office of the Mayor will contribute Shs200,000 towards the goal of providing Safe water wells.
“Events like Marathons help in uniting us as Entebbe Community. We network, socialize and above all keep physically fit through the Marathons. We (office of the Mayor) shall contribute Shs 200,000 towards providing safe water wells because many diseases emanate from dirty and unsafe water”, Deputy Mayor Richard Ssekyondo