Published on January 12, 2015
The inaugural Uganda Marathon is set to take place on May 24 with upwards of 1,000 runners expected to take part. Offered up as part of an inclusive six-day package that sees participants stay in local accommodation with a host family in the Masaka region, this looks like a unique opportunity not only to run a 26.2 amid stunning surroundings but also to get truly immersed in local culture. The course comprises mixed terrain of tarmac, dirt road and rutted path, on which organisers comment: ‘Difficult to PB, but we guarantee you won’t be bored…’
Entrants will be encouraged to actively fundraise for the marathon, with proceeds split 50/50 between local community initiatives and a cause of your choosing.
Uganda Marathon Race Director Henry Blanchard says: ‘We absolutely can’t wait to show people around Masaka region and help them raise money for unique causes that matter to them, as well as run a spectacular marathon course around the rural villages of Uganda. It’s going to be a simply beautiful race – the whole town will turn out to run, cheer and offer support, you’ll be moved by the generosity and warmth of the welcome you’ll receive, as well as moved by the impact the race is going to have on vulnerable communities in the region- including orphans, the poor and those affected with HIV. Spending six days living with a local family and seeing projects you’ve helped fund come to life will be a truly humbling and unforgettable experience.’
Being a six-day package there is plenty of time to take a look at local community projects, enjoy the pre-race pasta party and street carnival and then relax post-marathon with safaris, white water rafting or trekking to see the famous mountain gorillas.
In addition to the marathon option there is a half-marathon route and a four-person corporate team relay – prices are: marathon £395, half-marathon £375 and marathon relay at £365-per-person.
Full details on the Uganda Marathon at ugandamarathon.com