Phillip Kiptoo – the overall winner at the Absa KH3-7 Hills Run


Philip Kiptoo, a seasoned long-distance runner from Kapchorwa, showcased his exceptional talent at the highly anticipated 2024 Absa KH3 – 7 Hills Run, held at the Kololo Airstrip in Kampala on Sunday morning.

Kiptoo emerged as the overall winner in the men’s 21-kilometer category, crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 1:13:36.

In recognition of his outstanding achievement, Kiptoo was awarded a prestigious 50×100 land title by Bakayima Real Estate Agents – an event partners, symbolizing the collaborative spirit within the running community.

“Through rigorous training, I prepared myself for this event, and I’m proud to emerge victorious. This win boosts my confidence for future international races,” expressed Kiptoo, grateful for the opportunity to run for a cause aligned with the event’s theme.

Brian Ategeka and Aggrey Agaba secured silver and bronze, respectively, in the men’s 21-kilometer category, with times of 1:18:03 and 1:27:55.

In the women’s event, Chemusto Kareen clinched gold, followed by Chesang and Chebet Saibi with silver and bronze, respectively.

Moreover, the top two males and females from running clubs will participate in the 2025 Absa Run Your City marathon in Johannesburg, South Africa, with beneficiaries including Ategeka, Agaba, Chemusto, and Chesang.

The event drew over 5000 participants across diverse age groups and skill levels. It commenced with the official flag-off by Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Thomas Tayebwa, and Mumba Kalifungwa, the Managing Director of Absa Bank Uganda.

Tayebwa and Kalifungwa during the flag off ahead of the Absa KH3 – 7 Hills Run | Courtesy Photo

Proceeds from the Run will support girl-child education initiatives, reflecting Absa Bank’s commitment to being an active force for good.

Helen Basuta Nangonze, Absa’s Marketing and Customer Experience Director, affirmed the bank’s dedication to empowering the girl child, expressing delight at the event’s overwhelming response and growing support from partner organizations and NGOs.

Hellen also participated in the Absa KH3 – 7 Hills Run

“This year marks a significant milestone for us, as we’ve witnessed an extraordinary surge in participation, with more than double the number of attendees compared to our inaugural edition last year,” remarked Basuta, expressing delight at the overwhelming response to the event.

“Furthermore, we are deeply gratified by the growing support from various companies who have eagerly partnered with us to amplify our impact and reach,” she continued.

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