Thursday, 2 March 2017



Under the theme “Mainstreaming the Youth in Wildlife Conservation” The Uganda Wildlife run is an annual event aimed at “Listening to the Young Voices”, with its proceeds intended to improve the livelihoods of the orphaned families of the killed game rangers in all the Uganda national parks while on service.
With over 280 runners who participated in the 2017 Uganda wildlife run that included the 21km, 10km and 5km events, Ronald Musagala emerged the wildlife National athlete after crossing the finishing tape first for the 21km men category, Winnie Nannyondo (10km) and Nakayi and 5km woman title.
Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi the State minister for youth, who is also the Express Football Club chairperson, graced the run as chief runner flanked by the State Minister for Wildlife, Tourism and Antiquities, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi.
Nakiwala urged the youth to take the lead in conserving Uganda’s nature, “the youth are a vibrant group in society with amazing energies, you have the abilities to lead in the course of nature conservation”, she stressed.
Different groups of people participated in the run like Elite runners; Winnie Nannyondo, Ronald Musagala and Halima Nakayi  who used the run to further prepare for the upcoming IAAF Cross Country Championships due in Kampala, various schools included Kitante Hill S.S, Kibuli S.S, East Kololo S.S, Kisubi Mapeera S.S, Luzira S.S, Kabowa High School, universities like Kyambogo , Nkumba , Makerere University and a cross section of companies like 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 Tourism Association, Eco Trust, International Gorilla Association, CBS, UBC T.V, Ministry of Water and Environment, Team Conservation and many others, took part in the early morning run.
Uganda Society of Sports Science and Physical Fitness Education (USSSPE) led in the warm up and cool down sessions for all the athletes. Ssuubi was taken aback by the turn up as he appreciated all the stake holders – schools, universities, individuals and companies that participated in the run that was started at Kitante Primary School and finished at the UgandaMuseum in Kampala.

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