8-3-2016, Suubi Team Signs Up At Uganda Marathon Launch
While we are usually busy with the rest of the world celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th, today Suubi Centre staff instead joined others in Masaka town for the official launch of the Uganda International Marathon 2016. With Suubi Centre being one of the very few projects selected to receive funds raised from this years marathon, we decided we should also enter a Suubi team to run in the event! International runners will come from all over the world to run and we can't wait to be running along side them all. We will make many new friends throughout this event, who are sure to become part of our ever growing worldwide Suubi family.
Some of the Suubi staff at the launch today for the 2016 Uganda Marathon.
(L - R) Robert, Ishmael, Lydia, Shanitah, Zidinah, Alad, David, Peter and Sematico were some of the first in line to sign up to be part of the run on June 5th.
As part of the launch activities today we helped paint the gazetted zebra crossing points in Masaka. This certainly drew a lot of attentions from people in town and will be lasting reminder to everyone about the positive things that Uganda Marathon brings with it.
David and Robert proved to be very handy with the paint rollers... and also their phones for taking photos of all the action!
Shanitah and Lydia also got involved as the zebra strips slowly but surly made their way across the very busy main street in Masaka.
With the zebra crossing complete marathon entrants walk the streets around Masaka to tell people about the event.
Ishmael, Robert and Alad had a race among themselves!
There were lots of smiles from the Suubi team at the end of the day when the very eventful and successful launch was over.
Although competitors have the choice to run either a full (42km) or half (21km) marathon, or the shorter 10km course, they will all be very challenging; the route takes runners up and down hills and over rough terrain, but also through some of Uganda’s most beautiful scenery. With this in mind, once back in the village, the Suubi team realised they needed to hit the training track.
Suubi staff and students gathered at the local Lubanda pitch in preparation for their first real training session.
(L-R) Elias, Peter, Lydia, Zidinah, Alad, Robert and David lead the way as the large group of staff and students took off.
But the team soon spread out as the training run progressed.
SSVC students continued on along the tracks throughout the village.
Students finally finished by running up the hill back in to the school compound. Funny that there was not an adult left running in sight. Lucky there is still time left for plenty more training sessions!
While the marathon is obviously going to be a big adventure for everyone involved, fundraising is also a big part of the event. One of the core values of Uganda Marathon is that they want to give back to the community that is opening it’s arms to runners from around the globe. Their approach is very simple: They want to raise as much money as possible in order to support the chosen projects in Uganda, of which Suubi is one. Marathon runners who chose to fundraise for Suubi will see funds go straight towards the Suubi Goat Project. This has been established to help Suubi to become self sustainable, eventually being able all cover staff wages and administration costs itself.
Check out the video that was put together for the Uganda Marathon website so people can see how they can help by choosing to run for Suubi Centre:
As you can see, when the marathon team visited the goat project late last year we had only 4 goats. Since that time, thanks to the generosity of Aussies over the Christmas period, we have been able to increase the number to 28. This is still a long way from the 200 we are aiming for though, so it is important to help spread the word and get behind the Uganda Marathon runners, especially Suubi team that will participating on the day.
It is great to see the goat numbers already increasing. Imagine what it will look like with 200 goats inside and the amount of money that will be able to be generated to support the entire Suubi project!