UGM Photoblog: 100 Days To Go until the Uganda Marathon!

UGM Photoblog: 100 Days To Go until the Uganda Marathon!

Today, on 24th February 2017, marks a very special time – it’s only 100 days until Race Day and we couldn’t be more excited here at the UGM! In a hundred days, our International Runners will have been in Africa for almost a week, where they will have visited the Charity Projects they’ve been supporting. They’ll have volunteered, experienced the festival feel of Athlete’s Village, made new friends and got to know the local Uganda culture. Then on June 4th, they’ll be running the most incredible race of their lives – a 10K, 21K or 42K through beautiful, rural Uganda – all for very special causes which matter to them! If you’re joining us in June (or snap up one of our final few places), then here’s a ‘photoblog special’ to start getting you excited about your upcoming 7-Day Adventure. We’ve picked out 100 great photos to celebrate the UGM and what YOU yourself will be experiencing in one hundred days time…   In 100 days, you’ll travel to Africa… …and stand on the Equator… Camp at the Athlete’s Village… …or stay in luxury at the Hotel… Come with friends… …or with family… Make new friends… Witness breathtaking views… Experience Ugandan culture… Visit our Charity Projects… Volunteer… Work side by side with the local community… …and meet the people you’ve been fundraising for… Help change lives, for generations to come… Play Football and games with the children at the projects… Marshall a children’s sports day for the whole local community… Relax… ..and have drinks around the campfire… Experience our Inspiring ‘Super Saturday’ & much, much more… See the wildlife and extend your adventure… Masaka...
The 2017 Running Awards: The Uganda Marathon is Shortlisted for ‘Best International Event’

The 2017 Running Awards: The Uganda Marathon is Shortlisted for ‘Best International Event’

  We’re extremely excited to announce we have been shortlisted in the category of ‘Best International Event’ at the 2017 Running Awards! Following our win of the award last year, we’re absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted once again. This places the UGM alongside some very well-known and long-established races, who are nominated in the same category. This includes The New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, Dublin Marathon & Berlin Marathon, amongst others. Building on the success of our inaugural event in 2015, where 1,200 people ran our event and our 72 incredible International Runners raised £78,000 for charity, the event has grown in 2016 to include 3,000 participants and 150 International Runners, who raised  a whopping £250,000 for charity – making us Uganda’s largest public fundraising event ever! Using this money, we’ve been able to work in partnership with fourteen Ugandan Charity Projects, to develop them in long-term, substantial, sustainable ways that will benefit their communities, now and for generations to come. In addition to this, over the last two years, the UGM has featured in The Guardian, London Evening Standard, Runner’s World, and Wall Street Journal’s Extra Mile 40 Awards, as well as been shortlisted for the ‘Best for Poverty Reduction’ award at the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards. But even more excitingly, our feedback from our participants has been excellent. For example, a highlight from last year’s event feedback was one in five of our 2016 participants described the event as: “the best week of my life“ which we couldn’t be more pleased about. The year ahead looks very positive too, with a number of places on our third-ever event already sold and a good chance of...
UGM Runners’ Community: January ’17 Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: January ’17 Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already a full month into 2017! And it’s been cracking start to the year for the UGM. Our second busiest time of year (behind the main event in June), the team has been all go with sign ups coming through, as well as helping runners to book their flights and extension-adventures. And to tie in with the big start to the year, we’ve got lots of news, events and shout-outs to tell you about, plus an awesome personal story from the community. Here are all the great things which been happening in the UGM Community in January…   A BIG welcome to our new runners! Firstly, a massive, massive, welcome to our 2017 runners! We’re thrilled to have you onboard for our third ever event. There’s a reason 1 in 5 of our 2016 runners described the event as ‘the best week of my life’, and we can’t wait to share that experience with you as well! The next few months are going to be incredibly exciting too, with fundraising, training and more. We’ll be with you every step of the way though via the group and feel free to get in touch if you need anything – our expert team will be on hand to help. Welcome to the UGM Community! 🙂   Launch Night for the 2017 Event! To coincide with the new year, we hosted our official launch event at WeWork Mooregate in London. Featuring leaders in startups, sport, adventure and travel, it was an inspirational night as these speakers gave personal accounts of their ventures. It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet...
Uganda Marathon 2017: Social Training Run Schedule

Uganda Marathon 2017: Social Training Run Schedule

Following their success the past two years, our social training run schedule is back in the lead up to our 2017 event! Led by Mark (our running expert & certified Athletics Coach), these group runs are for all abilities and designed to be fun and social. They’ve been planned to give you some excellent prep for running in rural Uganda – no matter which event you’re participating in. We’ll be sure to take into account different pacing as well, as we appreciate everyone runs at different speeds. Whether you’re an experienced runner or Uganda’s your first ever race, we’ll take your needs into consideration. Afterwards, we’ll reward ourselves by going for coffee/brunch together. This (and the run) are a great way to meet the team and your fellow runners before you travel to Uganda in late May – we can’t recommend them enough if you can make them. In fact, even if you’re resting or recovering and can’t participate in the run itself, you’re still very welcome at the brunch – we’d love to see you there! A big, big thank you to Mark for putting the programme below together.   Sat 11th February (08:45) – Peckham Rye parkrun – 5K Our first social training run of the year! A great chance to meet some of the UGM team, past runners and your fellow 2017 runners, whilst stretching your legs around the 5K route. A nice one to kick off your training with, no matter which distance you’re running in Africa. Check out more info on parkrun here, including barcodes.   Sat 4th March (09:30) – Regents Park & Primrose Hill social...
Extensions for the 7-day Adventure Now Available: Safaris, Gorilla Trekking, Rafting and more!

Extensions for the 7-day Adventure Now Available: Safaris, Gorilla Trekking, Rafting and more!

Described as ‘the Pearl of Africa’, Uganda really does have so much to offer visitors. To compliment the beautiful landscapes and wonderful culture, there are a number of very special experiences to be had- from seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, to exploring the country’s stunning locations. We offer five different options to help our runners make the most of their time in this amazing country, by extending their trip either before or after the 7-day adventure. All of them come highly recommended by our previous participants…   #1 Gorilla Trekking – Come face to face with man’s closest relative in the African Rainforest. Breathtaking and humbling – an astonishing experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Extend your trip by 3 days/2 nights.   #2 Gorilla Trekking & Safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park – Spend time up close with a family of Mountain Gorillas in the jungle (as above), but also include a safari with Africa’s largest and most spectacular wild animals, including tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo and more. Extend your trip by 5 days/4 nights. (I did this option in 2015 and it was incredible!! 🙂 )   #3 Safari at Murchison Falls & Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Meet Uganda’s only surviving wild Rhinos, before witnessing the phenomenal wildlife that has made the spectacular Murchison waterfalls their home – including crocodiles, elephants, lions, giraffes, and more. Extend your trip by 3 days/2 nights.   #4 Adventure at the Source of the Nile – A true ‘Out of Africa’ experience – take flight in a bi-plane over this incredible river and enjoy some flight aerobatics. Then, keep the adrenaline pumping by taking...

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