Source of the Nile Triathlon 2018 Article by: Hannah Howman | Images by: Artha Wassa
On Saturday 1st September 2018, the first ever Jinja Triathlon – Source of the Nile Triathlon – took place on the beautiful banks of the River Nile.
The event brought people together to enjoy the stunning landscapes, whilst challenging them with a 750m swim, a 19.5km bicycle ride and a 5km road run.
The winner of the race, Lucas Abel, smashed the course in an impressive 1:25:30 and was awarded a night stay for two at Wild Waters Lodge! The participant who took last place, and who excelled with dogged perseverance was Louis Pacette. Congratulations again to our overall 1st place winner, Lucas, who destroyed the swimming course in 11 minutes 28 seconds, team Bikeventures Uganda runners, who ran the fastest run split of the course in an impressive 21 minutes 35 seconds and Henry Mukubu for riding the fastest bike split in an incredible 42 minutes 48 seconds. The fun run course was full excited kids and the winner, Mwaman, age 10, won a Ready Pay Solar System. A huge thank you to all of those who sponsored the event, and especially to those who donated prizes to participants. But the biggest thank you of all goes to all the participants who came to take part in the event.
The day was full of fun and smiles and we cannot wait to start organising the next race. This event raised a hugely creditable UShs 1,302,000
These funds will be used to support Cycling out of Poverty, an organisation that provides bicycles to students, health care workers and small scale entrepreneurs to improve access to education, health care and income generating projects. With these proceeds they are able to distribute more bicycles in Budondo district, Jinja.