Changing Lives in Uganda: Stories from ‘Youth with a Vision’

Changing Lives in Uganda: Stories from ‘Youth with a Vision’

In 2015, one hundred international runners travelled to Uganda, and did something amazing- they completed a 10K, half marathon or full marathon on the equator. But by doing this, they did something even more incredible- collectively they raised a staggering £73,000 for nine Ugandan charities. Working in partnership with these charities, we’ve been able to use this money to implement real change, impacting lives today and over the long-term. And one of those charities we’ve been able to make a difference with is ‘Youth with a Vision’ (YWAV). Both to the project as a whole and to the people it supports, on a personal level. Here’s the story of how the Uganda Marathon has been able to help YWAV & three of its students, helping them to fulfill their potential and aspirations. What is ‘Youth with a Vision’? ‘Youth with a Vision’ is a community-based youth network in the Masaka district, supporting young people of all backgrounds. For children in Uganda it is quite easy to fall into a cycle of abuse, through absent, deceased or neglectful parents. YWAV seeks to end this cycle, by placing children in loving foster homes and helping these families support those children in their care. YWAV also sees education as a powerful tool to end this cycle- aiming to teach children and their communities, YWAV offers education in academic subjects, health, the environment, human rights, poverty prevention, employability and civil engagement. It aims to inspire real change in the next generation and generations to come. How is the Marathon supporting ‘Youth with a Vision’? Before the partnership between YWAV and the UGM, support for a young person would...
UGM Parkruns are Back for 2016! We’ll be at Peckham Rye Park this Weekend

UGM Parkruns are Back for 2016! We’ll be at Peckham Rye Park this Weekend

So you’ve decide to run the Uganda Marathon (or half or 10K) this June… You’re been getting into your running  routine, but you’re starting to realise those training runs can get quite lonely sometimes… Or you can’t believe how the January weeks have flown by, and ‘Go for a first run’ is still on your to-do list… Maybe you’re still thinking about signing up, and would like to know a little more? Well, whether you’re seeking a social run, want to kickoff your training or ask a few questions, then this could be for you… UGM parkruns are back! After the success of last year’s UGM parkrun Tour, we are running training sessions again at parkruns. Last weekend we had a few 2015 runners at Dulwich parkrun, and this weekend we’re holding our first training session for our 2016 runners at another parkrun. Where’s the training session this Saturday? Our first official training session for the 2016 event is the Peckham Rye parkrun. It’s in Southeast London in Zone 2. For more specific directions, you can click here. Who’ll be there? The session is being hosted by Mark, our Mzungi champion. He’s a seasoned runner, who completed the 2015 marathon in an impressive 3 hours & 36 minutes. As an England Athletics certified coach and our running expert, he’ll be leading the session for our runners. They’ll also be other UGM team members there and at least two former participants (myself & Mark) who experience the whole six-day adventure in Uganda. So it’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions, whether running, fundraising or trip related. And of course, they’ll be 2016 runners there. So it’s...
All you need to know about Accommodation

All you need to know about Accommodation

The Uganda Marathon is a 7-day adventure in beautiful, rural Africa. Whilst the marathon is the culmination of this amazing experience, the real uniqueness of this event comes from the week spent engaging with projects and the local communities that the marathon supports. During this amazing week, you’ll need somewhere to lay your weary head, and we have a couple of different options that you can choose for accommodation during the week long trip:   The Athletes’ Village If you choose either the Camping or Athletes’ Village accommodation packages then you’ll find yourself here, in the beautiful Athletes’ Village setting. A location in the centre of Masaka that we take over for the week to turn into Uganda Marathon Athletes’ Village. With an area designated for camping, and beautiful grounds that is turned into The Glade – with a campfire, hammocks, outside bar, performance stage, and dining area, it’s the perfect place to return to after a day’s exploring and volunteering. The Athletes’ Village is situated on the highest point in Masaka, so you’ll enjoy an incredible 360-degree view of the surrounding areas. All meals for participants booked on the Camping or Athletes’ Village accommodation options, will be eaten in The Glade, and it is a short 5-10 minute walk to the Hotel Plus accommodation option. The Athlete’s Village site includes: Private rooms with bathroom for everyone booked on the Athletes’ Village package. flushing sit-down toilets and eco-showers for everyone booked on the Camping package. Space for camping tents Hammocks for chilling & snoozing in A campfire that’ll be lit each night A fully stocked bar with soft drinks, alcohol...
Glamping Spaces are Now Sold Out… But we have a waiting list!

Glamping Spaces are Now Sold Out… But we have a waiting list!

The glamping option for accommodation during the Uganda Marathon week has now sold out. We had a really high demand and our initial allotment of spaces has now run out. This does not mean that you shouldn’t come to Uganda and take part in this amazing adventure! We have lots of spaces on the BYOT option, where you still camp within the athletes village, take part in all the activities and enjoy daily life on the top of a hill in beautiful Uganda. We also have lots of room with the hotel option. There is regular transport to and from the athletes village, you’ll spend lots of time there and do everything that the other runners do… But you’ll have the luxury of a proper bed to return to. However due to the high demand, we are currently reviewing the capacity of the athletes village. In the next 10-15 days we will be able to announce whether or not we can increase the number of spaces available on this option. This is not a guarantee, but we are creating a glamping waiting list to offer spaces to people if more become available. How it works Sign up for the Uganda Marathon as normal and choose the”glamping waiting list” option. Pay the £99 deposit to secure your space on the marathon We will be announcing whether or not we have more places in the next 10-15 days. Once we know how many places we have we will be in contact to let you know whether you got a space. If we could not get you a place on the glamping...
Competition Winner! Announced from one of our projects in Uganda…

Competition Winner! Announced from one of our projects in Uganda…

  Over the last week, the Uganda Marathon has been holding a competition to offer one lucky person the chance to win an amazing weeklong adventure, challenge and experience of a lifetime. That’s right- the chance to win a FREE spot in the Uganda Marathon 2016! The competition was held in partnership with Escape the City, an organisation that helps people out of unfulfilling jobs, in order to do something they love. Escape the City will be joining us throughout marathon week and holding a series of workshops on the Saturday. These will be design to help people who want a change, and want to do something more exciting with their lives. To enter, all our participants had to do was be an Escape the City email subscriber and enter through our Facebook page, by liking and sharing one of our posts. And now we have a winner! Click on the video above to see the draw, announced by Moses, our Ugandan Director. I think it safe to say, the children at Bugabira primary school, one of our projects, are quite excited! We had a lot of entries, and to top off the great competition, we wanted to do something special and announce the winner all the way from the equator, via video. For our 2016 runners, this is a preview of the amazing community you’ll be meeting in June! A big, big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter, and a huge congratulations to Hannah- we’ll see you in Uganda!   Missed out, but still want to get involved in a six-day Ugandan adventure, where you can...

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