Uganda is a land gifted by nature. Winston Churchill famously called it ‘the Pearl of Africa’ and Uganda truly has a vast array of riches. Home to the endangered Mountain Gorilla, it is a primate paradise.
The Uganda Marathon is entering its 3rd year and is growing steadily, having already become the largest fundraising event in the country. The brainchild of a group of former London City professionals, it is not only a great sporting event but actively supports and engages the local community.
In 2017, it will take place on Sunday 4th June. It combines 7 days of adventure, volunteering, African music, street parties and a children’s sports day, culminating with the option of running the full marathon (42.2kms), a half marathon (21.1kms) or a 10k run.
The event takes place in and around the town of Masaka, which is 23km south of the equator at an altitude of about 1,150m. This is about a 3 hour drive southwest of the capital of Kampala. It is run mainly off-road on hard baked, red African dirt roads, with a little bit of trail and some tarmac at the start and finish, and several hilly sections, all surrounded by spectacular scenery. Taking place in June means the rainy season has just finished and temperatures are generally around 20-25 degrees.
You can find out much more about the Uganda Marathon by clicking below. But before you do, we want you to consider making the most of your visit to Uganda and enjoy the many other attractions we can make available to you through our parent company Tailormade Africa.
The Equatorial climate provides Uganda with permanent year-round temperatures of around 27 degrees Celsius - yet the Rwenzori mountain range, Africa’s highest, is snow-capped.
Uganda is also the source of the world’s second longest river, The Nile, which starts its journey at Africa’s largest lake, Victoria, dotted with tropical islands and their sandy white beaches. But above all, perhaps, Uganda really is a wildlife lover's dream.
The 10 National Parks variously play host to Africa’s ‘Big 7’. There are the lush rainforests, home to 340 Mountain Gorillas, half of the world's population and a sanctuary for chimpanzees, forest elephants, and over 350 different bird species. There are tree climbing lions and even cave dwelling elephants – the roll call is infinite.
Uganda boasts world-class hiking and mountaineering destinations, horse riding and trekking, walking safaris and so much more!
Whether you are an experienced or novice runner and looking for a new challenge or just simply thinking about visiting the continent for the first time, we would love to speak to you. Our first aim is to get to know you, your running experience and aspirations, so we may best advise on which events would challenge you whilst giving you a high chance of success. So please do pick up the phone and give us a call. We look forward to speaking to you.