A previous wildlife run Credit: Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] State Minister for the Youth and Express F.C Chairperson, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi flagged off the second Wildlife Run at Kitante Primary School in Kampala Credit: Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Close to 300 runners participated in the 2017 wildlife run that included the 21km, 10km and 5km events.

National athlete Ronald Musagala crossed the finishing tape first for the 21km men catergory.

Winnie Nannyondo and Halima Nakayi clinched the 10km and 5km women respective titles.

State minister for youth, who is also the Express Football Club chairperson, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi graced the run as chief runner flanked by the State Minister for Wildlife, Tourism and Antiquities, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi.

Nakiwala challenged the youth to front the interests of conserving nature.

The youth are a vibrant group in society with lots of energies. You have the abilities to lead in the course of nature conservation. Therefore, I challenge you to lead in this noble struggle.

Under the theme “Mainstreaming the Youth in Wildlife Conservation. Listening to Young Voices”, this year’s run marked the second edition with all proceeds realized set to be given to the orphaned families of the killed game rangers in all the national parks while on service.

Ssuubi was overwhelmed by the turn up as he appreciated all the stake holders – schools, universities, individuals and companies that graced the run that was flagged off at Kitante Primary School and finished at the Uganda Museum in Kampala.

Elite runners Winnie Nannyondo, Ronald Musagala and Halima Nakayi used the run to further prepare for the upcoming IAAF Cross Country Championships due in Kampala.

“This run has further helped us in endurance and stamina ahead of the IAAF World Cross country event. We are part of team Uganda in the relay events,” Musagala who ran 21km under 29 minutes noted.

The long list of participants:

A number of schools, universities and a cross section of companies took part in the early morning run.

Some of the participating teams included Kitante Hill S.S, Kibuli S.S, East Kololo S.S, Kisubi Mapeera S.S, Luzira S.S, Kabowa High School, Kyambogo University, Nkumba University, Makerere University, Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Safari Guides Associations, Tourism Police, Uganda Police, Wildlife Clubs of Uganda, Ministry of Gender and Social Development, Ministry of Wildlife, Tourism and Antiquities, Uganda Society of Sports Science and Physical Fitness Education (USSSPE), Uganda Tourism Association, Eco Trust, International Gorilla Association, CBS, UBC T.V, Ministry of Water and Environment, Team Conservation and many others.

Uganda Society of Sports Science and Physical Fitness Education (USSSPE) led in the warm up and cool down sessions for all the athletes.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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