The Uganda International Marathon 2017: Editor’s Pick of the Week
The Uganda International Marathon 2017 is is a week-long adventure in the heart of Africa, combining volunteering, music, sports, culture, adventure, and of course – an epic challenge.
If you’ve never run a Marathon before, don’t worry – over half of the runners will be in the same boat! Plus, there’s a first time for everything, right? Make 2017 the year that you do something amazing.
From the 29th May to 5th June 2017, join 3,000 local and international runners for a 10k, half or full Marathon, through some of Uganda’s most scenic (and challenging!) landscapes. Last year’s Marathon was described by 1 in every 5 participants as ‘the best week of their life’!
During the week leading up to the Marathon, you’ll stay in a beautiful campsite in the woods (the ‘Athlete’s Village’) – this is your chance to experience new cultures, party with the locals, and make friends with runners from all around the world as you spend memorable nights sitting around the campfire!Make a Real Difference
Not only is participating in the Uganda International Marathon 2017 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it’s also a chance to make a real difference to local communities in Masaka, Uganda.
The largest fundraising event in Uganda, the Marathon is not-for-profit, with 100% of funds raised by the runners going directly to support local projects. It’s about giving a ‘hand-up, not a hand-out’, to ensure sustainable development and independence from foreign aid. In line with this aim, the Marathon also supports the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Here’s an example of one of the Marathon’s partner projects that you might support and meet, with some of its members introducing themselves:
Before the run begins, you’ll get the chance to visit the community project you’ve chosen to support, engaging with local people and experiencing Ugandan culture to the fullest.An Adventure of a Lifetime
Once the race is over, if you’re not quite ready to return home, why not make the most of your experience and extend your stay in Uganda a bit longer?
As a reward for all that exercise, treat yourself to a trip into the forested highlands of Uganda in search of rare mountain gorillas, or visit some of the country’s best national parks for an unforgettable safari. As a runner, you’ll receive exclusive discounts too!
Once you do finally return home, you can rest safe in the knowledge that you’ve not only had the adventure of the lifetime and made friends for life, but also that you’ve made a positive difference.
To book your place as a participant in the Uganda International Marathon 2017, click here. Remember, the ‘Early-bird Rate’ ends on January 10th, so don’t delay!
Now just sit back, watch the Youtube video, and get excited!