Cycling race excites Arua

Tuesday May 7 2019

Get set: Kickboxer Golola flagging off the race

Get set: Kickboxer Golola flagging off the race on Saturday. Photo by Felix Warom Okello 

By Felix Warom Okello

Arua. Eight women and men were rewarded with cash among other prizes for emerging winners in a cycling race that took in Arua town Saturday on Saturday morning.

The anticipated race attracted over hundreds of both female and male participants, who competed for cash prizes among other rewards.

While their male counterparts raced for 25 kilometers, the women rode 15 kilometers.
Jimmy Abiti, a boda boda rider from Katrini Sub-county, emerged the overall winnerm walking away with Sh 400,000 and a ready pay solar kit.

“The people were very many but they did not scare me,” said Abiti who has been transporting people on a bicycle to earn a living for the past ten years. Abiti, who was riding in a pair of slippers, started off the race with zeal and gained more endurance when he reached the Airfield on his way back from Manibe round-about. He created a huge gap and maintained it for half a kilometer until the finishing line.

The bicycle race started at MTN Service Center on Adumi road. The men who covered a 25-kilometer stretch rode from Adumi road via Airfield to Manibe, back through Hospital road then to Mvara road round to Mango road, Weather head park lane through to Muni and Ewauata then back to Arua Hill grounds that was the finishing line.

In the women’s race, Eunice Miru from Adumi sub-county won the 15-kilometer race. Other winners in the women’s category were Loyce Azigo, Margret Adania and Gloria Kisaraki. Moses Arudraku, Steven Kandia and Robert Hariaka also walked away with cash prizes in the men’s category. While presiding over the race, Robert Kakooza, the competition secretary at the Cycling Federation of Uganda said that as a sport, cycling is underserved yet it has the potential of thriving and putting Uganda on the global scene.

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“MTN’s initiative to interest the public in cycling will go a long way in promoting the sport,” Kakooza said, encouraging more people to embrace the sport. Kakooza urged the public to embrace cycling as a sport and fitness exercise as it promotes good health and fitness.

Cash Prize. The money that was won by Jimmy Abiti in Arua on Saturday. The boda boda rider beat a field of hundreds in the men;s category.

wokello@ug.nationmedia.com

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