Kabakas Birthday Run 2022 has set a new record in African after attracting 80,000 participants breaking South Africas two ocean Marathon that has for long been dubbed Africas number one running event and the Worlds most beautiful marathon run annually in Cape Town, South Africa.
The event was celebrated its 53rd anniversary this year on the 16th and 17th of April and it attracted a record 19,000 participants.
In commemoration of the Kabakas birthday, the Kingdom of Buganda has been having annual runs and the numbers have since grown from 1,000 in 2014 to over 80,000 as per the records of the just concluded July 3rd 2022 during the 9th year run.
The event sponsored by Airtel has become Ugandas biggest and Africas running event in Uganda Unifying people with different political, Religions, Tribal and Social strata in the country.
The event was flagged off by the Kabaka himself at exactly 7: 00am on Sunday 3rd/07/2022 where different groups of runners exhibited talent on the 5km, 10km and 21km routes.
The Kabaka who is the UNAIDS ambassador on HIV/AIDS in Africa was applauded for his effort in creating awareness about the disease and he was presented an international award by the UNAIDS Executive Director Eng. Winnie Byanyima who also graced the running event.
Your Majesty, under your leadership and through your messages to men and boys, Buganda has made remarkable progress against the AIDS pandemic in the last five years, said Ms Byanyima, UNAIDS looks forward to strengthening our partnership to reach other vulnerable groups such as young women and adolescent girls and to get Africa on track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
The campaign was dubbed Men are Stars – Abaami Munyeenye and connected men and boys aged 1549 years old to HIV testing, treatment and care services, especially in the areas most affected by the pandemic. Through events such as the Kabaka Birthday Run, the Masaza football cup, the royal boat regatta, traditional campfire centres, school camps, radio and television shows, men and boys learn about the importance of going for regular health check-ups, including for HIV testing.