The Uganda International Marathon – A Race Like No Other

The Uganda International Marathon – A Race Like No Other

The act of running is the greatest leveller we know. It holds no prejudice. Kings can run with paupers, world champions can run with novices, friends can run with enemies, grandparents can run with children – the sport transcends race, gender and age. You need neither talent nor wealth – you simply need the will to stand up and just run. Humans have been running since our first existence. It is how we have survived, how we evolved. Without running our species would not still be here today. It is humanity in its most natural form. The beauty of the sport is that a great runner is not measured by the gold medals around their neck. Nor the world records they hold. No. A great runner is measured by the way they carry themselves, the confidence they , the way they speak to their colleagues, their friends, their enemies. A great runner is measured by the strength they imbue in their children, the happiness of their family. The joy they create on simply entering the room. It is not distance, nor time that counts, but the strength that lies within. Some days are good and some days are bad – but on each day that you run, your spirit has the opportunity to rise, to soar…your spirit runs free. And so, a great runner is measured by the impact they have on society, the impact they have on the world. What will your impact be? Now, a marathon is one of the greatest challenges any human can undertake. There may be people who run farther or faster, but there...
The responsible view: holidays & sustainability

The responsible view: holidays & sustainability

Travelling abroad for a marathon is not uncommon- but doesn’t usually create any additional benefits apart from the ability for the runner to experience a new destination. Although local businesses may profit from increased sales, the local community rarely benefit from marathons taking place. But what if travelling abroad for your next marathon actually directly and positively benefitted the local community, both economically and from a sociocultural point of view?  There’s huge scope for tourism to be more responsible: to create better places for people to live in and for people to visit- in that order. If you’ve ever spent your holidays wondering where your money is going or feeling the tiniest bit of guilt that you could or should be doing more to help the local community gain more from your visit then this is for you. You can participate in the race feeling confident that you’re really helping to invest in a local community that not only needs, but really appreciates the help, both financial and social. By encouragring children to participate in KidsRunWild you’re allowing them to have fun and be children, but also supporting and empowering them. By running alongside locals you’re helping to build connections between different cultures and hopefully even form lasting friendships. And by raising money not only for your cause, but for theirs in their communities, you’re helping to solve a problem, to deliver a solution; a solution that they have devised themselves, not one that has been imposed on them. If one of your goals for 2015 is to run a marathon then make sure you take part in one that...
Introducing the Causes- Bugabira Community School

Introducing the Causes- Bugabira Community School

We’re enormously proud to be contributing to the local community. Not only will the race bring over a hundred thousand pounds to the local economy, it will also directly help many local causes for this marathon. These are our friends at Bugabira Community school- one of these causes the Marathon is helping- and runners can fundraise directly for. Bringing together children from families devastated by AIDS, Bugabira educates, and in many cases houses and feeds, these children for free. As you can see here it is a wonderfully happy place, and we are incredibly proud to invite all the children you see in this photo to take part in the KidsRunWild race, which takes place the Friday before the marathon, over the final 2km of the main marathon route. All our international runners have the opportunity to marshal the race, and then present a child with not only their finisher’s medal, but a gift of pens and stationary (in incredibly short supply in the underfunded school). Returning the favour, on Sunday the children will be our guests of honour on the finishing straight, cheering you on to cross the line, and then presenting you with your beautifully carved wooden finishers medal. (We’ll leave the handing over of your post-race beer to the grown-ups...
Official Launch – Uganda High Commission, London

Official Launch – Uganda High Commission, London

Hello friends! On Tuesday 4th November, we formally launched the inaugural Uganda International Marathon at the Uganda High Commission, London. In attendance were the Ugandan Minister for Tourism, the Ugandan Ambassador to the UK, the CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board as well as many other public figures from the country. We are honoured to have been in such company. Feedback has been tremendous, and we are pushing from strength to strength, hiring 4 new team members over the coming weeks, booking logistics on the ground and beginning a large publicity campaign in the UK and online. Sign ups for runners formally open this Saturday, 15th November- thanks to everyone that has expressed their interest so far, we’re eagerly anticipating welcoming you officially very soon! UGM’15 Team...

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