13 Reasons to Run the Uganda Marathon in 2017

13 Reasons to Run the Uganda Marathon in 2017

It’s hard to believe we’re in November already. Where has 2016 gone? Not too long ago, it felt like there were months left of the year. Now, there are weeks remaining. But with a new year, comes new exciting opportunities. And one to consider is the Uganda Marathon, especially if the following appeals to you: travel, helping others, volunteering, fundraising, making new friends, exploring a new culture and taking on a physical challenge. If these are things that resonate with you, then the Uganda Marathon (UGM) could be the adventure for you next June! So far so good? Like what you’re hearing…but you’d like to know more? Well, you’ve come to the right place – here are 13 reasons to make the UGM apart of your 2017…   1. It’s unique 7-day adventure There’s a reason the adventure is described as ‘A Week Like No Other’, as it combines several different things in a unique, fresh combination. In short, it’s a festival of volunteering, having new experiences, meeting new people, experiencing Ugandan culture and taking on a big challenge. Last year’s itinerary included: two volunteer days at the charity projects, organising a sports day for local children, a day of self-exploration and hearing from inspirational individuals, visiting the local town, a pasta party, and Race Day. And that’s not to mention the numerous evening entertainment each night and drinks around the campfire.   2. It’s for runners of all abilities You don’t need to be an experienced runner to participate in this challenge. On average, only 50% of people sign up to our event having run a marathon before. We’re always pleased to...
Interview with two UGM Runners – Lottie Moore & Léon Milns

Interview with two UGM Runners – Lottie Moore & Léon Milns

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. Lottie & Léon both signed up for our half marathon event, seeking an experience where they could do ‘something different and give something back’. Here, they talk about their very special experience at the charity project STEP, as well as visiting a deaf school and viewing art at newly set-up project Creative Canvas. They also emphasise how the week is all about ‘the people’, and Leon explains how he was enjoying the race so much, he decided to do another lap and run the full marathon course!   1. What made you both sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? Lottie: We had only officially been together for about two months. We were sitting in a bar in Chiswick and Léon looked twitchy. With turning 40 this year, he wanted to do something different and to give something back so to speak. His good friend Sarah Jordan (who was also on the trip) had shown him the Uganda Marathon promo poster and so he had prepared a pitch to try and persuade me to join him on this once in a lifetime trip. It turns out I didn’t need much persuading signing up to run the half marathon in Africa, 6 months down the line, only 8 weeks into our relationship!   2....
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