Interview with a UGM Runner – Julia Fernando

Interview with a UGM Runner – Julia Fernando

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in UGM 2016, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Julia, having moved to London, was seeking a big challenge and stumbled across the Uganda Marathon. Drawn to the opportunity of combining running with helping people in Masaka, she decided to take the plunge, and even stayed an extra week to make an even bigger impact! Here’s her UGM Story…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? When I moved to London, I left behind my running group who had been three things for me: a source of challenge, inspiration, and connection. After soul-searching for a couple of months, trying new running clubs and getting disappointed, I saw the Uganda Marathon pop up on my Facebook feed. I was immediately drawn into the challenge of running a marathon in extreme conditions and began to explore it a bit more. Seeing the ways that the Marathon helps make a difference and improve the lives of people in Uganda, I was eventually inspired to take a leap and sign up. What I didn’t expect was the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people with whom I have formed deep, lifelong connections. The Uganda Marathon filled a void that nothing else could – and I am tremendously grateful for that.   2. Was it what you expected? I remember reading all kinds of testimonials about the Marathon on the UGM website...
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