The Uganda International Marathon is a 7-day adventure in rural Uganda. Explore an incredible community in East Africa. Visit, connect with, and support grass roots projects lead by local organisations and making a powerful impact on the community. Organise a sports day for local disadvantaged kids and run with Uganda in the biggest international race in East Africa.
In May 2018, come and take part in the Uganda Marathon! Described as “The best week of my life” by 1 in 5 participants, you can connect with Africa like no other trip in the world. Come and volunteer, meet the community, make life-long friends, camp under the African skies and run in the birthplace of running, in an adventure like no other!
EXPLORE AN EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY
You will stay in a beautiful woodland campsite overlooking stunning scenery with a bar, campfire and open air mess hall. During the week you’ll party with the locals, eat the food, visit the community and experience African hospitality at its finest!
VOLUNTEER WITH LOCAL GRASSROOTS PROJECTS
You’ll visit and volunteer at the projects supported by the marathon. Spend time helping young people develop business plans, learn English, build a piggery to support elderly people, or construct and paint playgrounds for primary schools – amongst so much more!
ORGANISE KIDSRUNWILD, A SPORTS DAY FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN
You’ll spend an entire day organising KidsRunWild, a sports day dedicated to the kids from the local schools and orphanages. During the week, you’ll hold a day with sprints, egg & spoon races, face painting and lots of entertainment!
A TOUGH BUT BEAUTIFUL COURSE
If you’re looking for a PB then find another race! Each route – 10k, half and full marathon – will take you up and down hills, through beautiful rolling terrain and some of Uganda’s most stunning scenery. Prepare for tears at the finish line!
RUN IN UGANDA’S BIGGEST MARATHON
Uganda is the home of distance running, and this is our biggest annual race! 3,000 people descend from all around Uganda to run in this event, bringing the trademark African atmosphere: joking, laughing, singing, high-fiving – We guarantee you’ve never experienced a run like this.
FEEL THE SUPPORT FROM THOSE YOU HAVE HELPED!
Throughout the entire course you’ll be cheered on by the locals who you have spent a week connecting with. Run past the schools & projects that you have supported and the community who are so excited to host this marathon.
Day 1-2: Acclimatisation Days
The adventure starts here! You’ll be met at the airport: expect a party atmosphere as hundreds of adventurers like you descend on tiny Entebbe airport. You’ll be stopping off at the Equator for a chance to see if water really drains in opposite directions either side of the line. Then – culture, art and language lessons before exploring the local village with our local staff. Eat the food, live like a local, connect with the regular people of Uganda.
Day 3-4: See Your Legacy Days
When you sign up for the Uganda Marathon you start your legacy that you leave in Uganda. It starts by registering and continues with your support of the amazing community who you will meet, explore and connect with during the 7-day adventure. On your Legacy Days, you’ll volunteer at the project you chose to support. You’ll help by building a piggery to support an elderly association, work with young disadvantaged entrepreneurs to develop business plans, paint a playground for a disadvantaged school or kickstart one of many vital projects for the community. Legacy Days are your opportunity to see the direct impact that your money is having to the project and the people involved. You’ll meet the exact people you’ve helped and supported and learn about their lives and hopes for the future that you’re helping them realize! THANK YOU!
Day 5: KidsRunWild
KidsRunWild is a children’s sports day, hosted by you with the Uganda Marathon. We invite Masaka’s schools, orphanages and projects to Liberation Square to give them the experience of that finish line feeling. A day dedicated to fun runs, games, bouncy castles face painting and general fun. For the day, you’ll marshal the events, join in, hand out finisher prizes that include not only medals but vital learning supplies including pens and exercise books. This is a wonderful day of laughter, fun and games!
Day 6: Friday Unconference & Pasta Party
On Friday you need to rest your legs, so we’ve put on a number of talks and sessions with the leaders of the local projects, so you can find out more about where your money is going to go. It’s a relaxed day where you can find out more about living in Uganda, the work that the local projects do and how The Uganda Marathon supports them. Put your experience into context and find out how you can get involved more with the amazing connections that you have made. Then, down to the Hotel in town for a pool party – chilling on sun loungers by the pool and resting legs, before a pasta party and carbohydrate buffet feast in the evening, pre race briefing from the race and medical team, and then an early night before tomorrow’s action!
Day 7: Raceday!
There are few more awe-inspiring sights in the world than seeing the sun rising over Africa, just the thought of it sends tingles down our spines…today, you will run under that sun, today you will kick off a new era for Masaka town, today, you will become a superstar. The starting gun fires at 7am for Uganda’s biggest marathon. For the next few hours you’ll be running alongside 3,000 other runners in some of the most amazing scenery that Africa has to offer. Supported round the course by cheering children, and locals this is one of the toughest but most rewarding races on the planet. Not one to be forgotten easily! At the finish line, there’s a huge free party for the whole town, then it’s back to the Athlete’s Village for a massage, BBQ and a party – before returning to the airport on Sunday, or heading on to a safari or gorilla trek!
Day 8: Moving On Sunday!
Sunday morning will see you wake up to the beautiful Ugandan sunrise, stiff and sore but elated from your achievement yesterday! Have a long breakfast with all your new friends, watch the sun warm the Masaka Valley and then await your flight home, or go onwards to continue your Ugandan adventure on one of our extensions.
- An unforgettable week-long adventure in Uganda
- 7 nights accommodation at the Athlete’s Village.
- 3 meals per day
- All activities throughout your entire adventure.
- Campfire evenings, entertainment, break dancing, music, drumming & dance (beer at the bar not included)
- Race entry to the 10k, half or full marathon race on Saturday 2nd June 2018
- Feed/water stations & medical support
- Don’t fancy running but everything else sounds great? Take part in everything else and then volunteer on race morning!
- Your entry fee also subsidies FIFTEEN Ugandan junior runners to participate – are alongside those you’ve helped
- Race t-shirt
- Airport pickup
- Airport return transfer (Sunday 3rd June only – available at other times for extra cost)
- Pre-race package inc. in-depth training & fundraising support
- Exclusive discounts on safari, gorilla trekking, volunteering opportunities and more should you wish to stay on in Uganda after the race
- Personal expenses
Making a booking
If you want to reserve your place on a trip we ask you to place a deposit of £0 to secure your place. Should you wish to discuss your trip with us, please either email email@example.com or call 0203 394 0050.
|Sunday 27th May 2018 - Sunday 3rd Jun 2018||£640|
|Sunday 24th May 2020 - Sunday 31st May 2020||£995|