UAF Starts Designing the National Cross Country Course in Tororo

Uganda Athletics Federation started marking the 2022 National cross country championships course at Tororo Golf course. The 2km loop course, will have obstacles like timber logs, sand, and technical hills.

Paul Okello, the General Secretary of the Uganda Athletics Federation and the head of the team designing the course, says they are expected to complete their task by Friday, December 9th, 2022, to allow the athletes to jog through the loops to the competition day. “We have started early to have the loop well designed and ready for use before the competition day,” Okello told URN in Tororo.

This year’s National cross-country championship which is scheduled for December 10th, 2022 has attracted over 500 athletes from across the country including some international runners. Tororo District Sports Officer, Steven Oryem, says that they are ready to host the event, which will be used to select the team that will represent Uganda at the world cross country in February 2023 in Australia.

“As a district, it is an opportunity for our athletes in Tororo to be inspired by stars like Peruth Chemutai, Joshua Cheptegei, and Jacob Kiplimo,” said Oryem. Athletes are in their final preparations ahead of the event. Njia Benjamin, a national athletics coach and the vice president of technical at UAF, says, they have summarized the final training preparations to allow athletes to get ready for great results in the championships.

“It’s only a few days to the competitions, and our high-intensity sessions have been lowered to allow the athletes get to recover for the championship,” Njia told URN. The event will have four categories of racing, which include, the 10km race for both the senior men and women, 8km for junior men, and 6km for junior women respectively. 

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