A Dairy Cow Project for Ssaza Elderly Group

A Dairy Cow Project for Ssaza Elderly Group

One of the central functions of Support for The Elderly Person (STEP), one of our incredible partner projects, is organising elderly people in local areas into groups so that they can work together to support themselves. The members of the groups don’t have family that can support them so they must help each other in order to survive. Following the success of the pigs project, a wonderful project that saw runners from #UGM2015 build a piggery for one of the STEP elderly groups and then runners from #UGM2016 extend it for more pigs. We are so excited to announce our latest project with another of the STEP elderly groups! The Ssaza elderly group, from the village that sits between the Athlete’s Village and Masaka town, are being gifted a cow to raise and farm so that they can generate an income for their group. Animal farming is a very good way to gain income in the local area and it is an occupation that can be done by the elderly members of the group. This cow should serve as an excellent long-term source of revenue for the group so that they can support the elderly members. We are also using UGM funds to build a cow enclosure (seen above), so that the members are able to keep and farm the cow effectively in their age. We are expecting this project to change the lives of not only this Ssaza group, but many other groups in the Masaka region. Part of this agreement is that the first female calf that is bred by this cow is passed on to another elderly group...
Exciting Announcement! We Are Showing at the UK Adventure Travel Show

Exciting Announcement! We Are Showing at the UK Adventure Travel Show

The UK’s only event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track! We extremely excited to announce that we are going to be occupying a stand at the Adventure Travel Show on the 21st & 22nd of January in Kensington Olympia! You’ll find us at stand A19 This is a fantastic opportunity for you to come and talk to us and find out about the marathon for yourself! We’ll be equipped with videos from #UGM2016, the team who are working on #UGM2017, participants from previous #UGM events (there to answer questions) and a special something for anyone who signs up at the show! Come and see co-founder Henry Blanchard give a talk about The Uganda Marathon in the Discover Africa Theatre! We are so excited to have been given a slot to talk about the marathon in the Discover Africa Theatre. At 11:30 on Saturday, come and see race director and co-founder Henry Blanchard talk about how the Uganda International Marathon has become part of the fabric of Masaka and how you can leave an impact on the region that will be felt for decades to come. Find out more about his talk here: http://www.adventureshow.com/discover-africa-theatre/ Sign up at the show to take advantage of our exclusive ATS giveaway! We have a really exciting exclusive offer to give the first 20 people  who sign up to the Uganda International Marathon at the show. You’ll get access to a days seminar with nationally renown running coach Shane Benzie (https://runningreborncoaching.wordpress.com/). During this seminar, he will use state of the art video analysis to look at your running technique and help you improve the way that...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Heidi Saweres

Interview with a UGM Runner – Heidi Saweres

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 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Heidi’s friend ran the Uganda Marathon in 2015 and after hearing about the experience from her, she decided to take the plunge herself. Whilst in Uganda she volunteered at three projects: Bugabira Primary School, MRVC and Youth with a Vision. Then, after the challenges and celebrations of Race Day, she extended her trip to go on Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park and go gorilla trekking in the Rain Forest…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? My very awesome friend from work (Megan Rowe) did the very first Uganda Marathon in 2015. I remember her saying that it was one of the best experiences she’s had and she met loads of amazing people and made good friends from it, so I had to try it out for myself.   2. Was it what you expected? It exceeded any expectations that I had. I went to Uganda by myself, so was a bit worried about meeting people and enjoying the week as I was going to camp with complete strangers, but from the moment I landed everyone I spoke to and dealt with was extremely friendly and sociable. It was like the whole Athlete’s Village was one big happy, loud family. It was pretty amazing.   3. What projects did you volunteer at...
Interview with two UGM Runners – Vicky Cable & Kevin Self

Interview with two UGM Runners – Vicky Cable & Kevin Self

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why the UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Here, Vicky tells her and Kevin’s incredible story of participating in the 7-day event. Giving a brilliant overview of the week, they talk about: why they signed up, their expectations, their experience of volunteering and their pick of top moments. Plus, Vicky tells us about her love of barefoot running and how it tied into her marathon plans!!    1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? Loads of reasons that all came together into something that just felt right! I heard Henry (or maybe it was someone else who ran it?!) talk about it at YES Stories, and it just struck an instant chord with the challenges I wanted to set myself for 2016… I knew I wanted to do a big physical challenge in 2016 to kickstart my fitness again after a year or so. I also wanted to explore my boundaries as a barefoot runner and felt like this might be the perfect place to do it and there was also talk of there being creative projects in Uganda to support/fundraise for, which I really connected with. Henry [the Race Director] was also a really good salesman… turned out he was right about pretty much all of what he described! The £100 deposit helped too!   2....
UGM Photoblog: 17 Inspirational Images to Sum up the 7-day Adventure

UGM Photoblog: 17 Inspirational Images to Sum up the 7-day Adventure

“What is the Uganda Marathon?” Often that’s a question we’re asked when people first hear about the Marathon. Yes, it’s a race in rural Africa and a truly memorable, epic and extraordinary one at that. But the truth is, it’s much, much more… To give you an idea of what the 7-day adventure is all about and what you’ll get to do if you join us in June, here are 17 photos celebrating the week-long event…   See beautiful sunrises over breathtaking landscapes…    Stand on the Equator….   Help a community through fundraising…   …and then by volunteering…   …using your skills to work side-by-side with the people you’ve been fundraising for…   Organise a Sports Day for local children with music, games, dancing, races and more…   Then run a race for a great cause…   …next to international and local Ugandan runners…   …in a race of over 3000 through scenic, stunning Africa…   Form friendships throughout the week…   …and share the special experience of Race Day…   Earn a medal like no other, crafted by the local community…   All this, whilst enjoying a festival atmosphere in the hills of Uganda throughout the week…   Then, whilst you’re in Africa, go Gorilla trekking in the Rainforest…   …and go on safari…   Join a community, making friends for life…   …and do something truly different, incredible and life-changing in 2017…     Like to read more? 13 Reasons to Run the Uganda Marathon in 2017 UGM Guest Blog: Tarka Rose-Venning & Carla Turnbull Watch our awesome video from the 2016 event...

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