Saturday night will go into history books in Uganda as locals witnessed for the first time a marathon happening at night. The historic event organised by Brand 7D under the theme LIT THE NIGHT and sponsored by Tusker Lite took place at Torino Bar and Lounge in Kololo near Lugogo Indoor stadium on June 9th.
With an action packed night awaiting the runners, the organisers of the event made sure gates opened as early as 9pm to kick-start things. Some late registrations were made at the venue while accessories for the illuminating night were on sale as fun-runners pimped up their looks.
By 7:30pm, everything was set and the run officially flagged off at Torino Bar with runners dressed in the glowing green vests and illuminating fancy night ‘glow in the dark’ accessories that lit up the streets of Kololo and Lugogo as they ran for fun.
The runners, who later turned partiers, ran in small groups with the occasional stop here and there for refreshment and selfless to update social media statuses. Some walked the throughout the about 2-kilometre distance that rotated around Kololo down to Lugogo bypass and back to Torino Bar where the finish line was.
“This is really fun. I have enjoyed myself to the fullest and thank the organisers for this” an excited reveller told Chano8 at the finish line as she crossed.
Back at Torino where the party officially kicked off after the run, the revellers then lost themselves in urban music, fun games and dance all the way to midnight as some of the city’s best DJs like Simples, Ciza, Xzyl and DJ Mary Jo spun the decks while the Tusker Lite drinks kept flowing.
“We set out to push the boundaries and give Ugandans an experience they had never had before, and that is what the Tusker Lite Kampala Night Run has achieved today,” said Estella Muzito, Head of Beer at Uganda Breweries Limited. “This run was about fun, adventure amazing musical performances, because we believe the Tusker Lite consumer is hip and adventurous,” she added.
As usual, the best was saved for last as live performances from Allan Toniks, Beenie Gunter, Cindy and man of the moment Fik Fameica only added to the fun. It was however, Cindy who particularly fired up the crowd alongside her skimpily dressed dancers as the revellers joined in closer to the stage to dance away the night.
Some of the winners in different categories like best-dressed male and female, most hip group etc were rewarded with medals to crown it all. The party continued till late in the night.