Embark on a journey to East Africa that combines the love of running with mankind’s generosity. Name as one of the Six Must-Do Marathons in Africa the Uganda Marathon 2019 offers athletes the fulfillment of completing a demanding race as well as the emphatic feeling of giving back to the community. The event is dubbed “A Race Like No Other” for its ability to connect with the people, the land and the country itself.
From May 26 to June 2, participants will undergo a life-changing experience in the rural land where the sport of running was born. The first two days of the event allow athletes to really make their mark in the community. Here, they meet local children and families through interactive volunteer programs, getting a first-hand look on the impact they will make in the lives of the disadvantaged.
Day three is dedicated to the children of Uganda where the annual KidsRunWild sports day is held. Masaka schools and orphanages pair up youngsters with marathon athletes to get a taste of what it’s like to cross the finish line. The fourth day includes a number of seminars to inform runners of where their money is going and how they can connect further in Africa’s local communities. A hotel pool party followed by a giant pasta party concludes the night before race day!
On the seventh day, runners will take to the starting line. Over 3,000 world-wide athletes will compete in either the full or half marathon on a course that weaves through spectacular views of the beautiful African countryside. Along the way, runners will travel through farms, villages and towns around Masaka before conquering the notorious hill named “The Beast.” If they reach the top, an astounding view of Lake Victoria awaits.
One of the most rewarding parts of the marathon happens during the running itself. As the athletes trudge along the dirt road trails, the same local children that were positively affected by their actions earlier in the week are now cheering them on for the entire race.
“Although the Uganda Marathon is only in its third year of existence, its enormous impact lives on through athletes who truly run for a purpose.”
Family and friends who won’t be competing in the marathon will have just as much fun as the runners. Plenty of volunteer options await for those who would like to help. Get hands on with charity groups, record results at the finish line, or man the water stations throughout the course. If you would like to just spectate, organized bicycle trips are conducted in groups to follow athletes on the course.
If you are traveling by plane, the closest airport is Entebbe International which is about two and a half hours away. Participants in the Uganda Marathon will be picked up by local staff and taken on a small tour before arriving at the event location. Not part of the race? Local car rental business and taxi services are available as transportation methods to Masaka.
Runners that are signed up for the Uganda Marathon will be camping in the local village of Masaka. The outdoor experience truly ties together the simplicity of living off the land just like the local people. Several inexpensive hotels are located in Masaka for those that will not be participating in the marathon.
What isn’t there to do in Uganda!? Explore the Bwindi Impenetrable forest to see endangered species such as the Mountain Gorillas survive in their natural habitat. White water rafting in the Nile is a popular choice amongst tourists as well as plane tours over Lake Victoria.
Take countless hikes to breath-taking waterfalls or embark on a true African safari trip across the Savanna. Check out Queen Elizabeth National Park which houses some of the largest and most remarkable wild animals in the world.
Runners and their families often extend their Uganda Marathon trip into an multi-week vacation. Get a full taste of the country’s natural beauty by building your own African adventure!
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