Interview with a UGM Runner – Chloe Moss

Interview with a UGM Runner – Chloe Moss

Here, we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the projects, to community feel they give to the race. Passionate about education, Chloe, from London, ran our 42K race in support of Bugabira Primary School. The fastest female International Runner at the 2017 marathon, she talks about the race, training, volunteering at the projects, and the special experience she had staying at the Athletes’ Village.   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? The Uganda Marathon had been on my radar for a while and when a friend of mine, Chris, from Project Awesome told me he’d signed up and that I should too, it became a no-brainer. It was clear this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.   2. In the lead-up to the event, you participated in some of our social training runs in London. Could you tell us about your experience of these? These were great. Admittedly, before signing up I had assumed everyone else would be super-competitive, elite runners looking for an extreme endurance challenge… But in reality, the people who sign up do so for a plethora of reasons; the prime being for the experience (not the race). A massive proportion of people have never run a marathon before (!) and it was very reassuring to see the range of running abilities in the group. But most importantly, it was great to...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Max Haspels

Interview with a UGM Runner – Max Haspels

Here, we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the projects, to community feel they give to the race. Max, an experienced marathon runner, joined us from the Netherlands when he was searching for an event outside his own country. He ran the 42K, fundraised for the project ‘Youth with a Vision’ and also extended his time in Uganda to go on a Safari and Gorilla Trekking in the Rainforest!   1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon? I was looking on the internet for a marathon outside of the Netherlands where I live and coincidentally found the Uganda Marathon. When I had a look at their website and discovered that the Uganda Marathon is more than just a marathon, but a full week of meeting new people and getting involved with development projects and local people, I got quite excited. I had never seen such projects from close by and the marathon looked like a great challenge. As they also offered safari extensions and I was still making new holiday plans, it all came together and I signed up.   2. During the week, you stayed at our hotel option. How was it? The hotel was good and there were quite a few runners staying there. The room was comfy and the staff were very friendly. The pool is a good place to cool down from the African sun and I even hit the gym a...
Guest Blog: My Uganda Marathon Story – By Syed Habib

Guest Blog: My Uganda Marathon Story – By Syed Habib

Here one of our previous participants, Syed, writes about his experience of the Uganda Marathon. From signing up to training runs, to the meaningful experience of meeting the Ugandan community at the projects, as well his account of Race Day and decision to extend his time in Uganda to volunteer, here he tells his Uganda Marathon story. We join him in January when he was contemplating signing up…   As I’m sure everyone has a weird or unusual reason for signing up to do something crazy…mine was insomnia. Unable to sleep one night I had blindly signed up for the 2017 edition of the Uganda Marathon without truly realizing what that would entail or the challenging conditions I would face – particularly the extreme heat, humidity, altitude and the course elevations with monster climbs (worst of which is nicknamed ‘The Beast’). However, as the weeks and months passed, and during the course of training with the inspiring founders and young organizers of the Uganda Marathon here in the UK, I began learning more about the amazing community projects the marathon was involved in in Masaka, a small town close to the famous Lake Victoria. I was so impressed with the sustainable local projects they were supporting that I committed to remaining in Masaka for an extra week, at the end of the marathon, to volunteer at one such project. The project I chose was Masaka Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (MVRC) where kids with disability are taught vocational skills; a cause that sadly takes on much greater significance in some parts of Africa due to some archaic local superstitions and the stigma attached...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Esther Lips

Interview with a UGM Runner – Esther Lips

Here, we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the projects, to community feel they give to the race. From Amsterdam, Esther participated in the half-marathon event, using the challenge to fundraise for the Charity Project ‘Knowledge for Children’. Our biggest fundraiser in 2017, here she shares her experience of the week, talks about her fundraising journey, and shares some tips for future runners!     1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon? In the fall of 2016, I was in the final stage of my PhD. Between all the hard work, I was dreaming about rewarding myself with a special trip when everything was finished. But I didn’t want to make a ‘typical tourist trip’. Around the same time, one of my friends ran the New York marathon for a good cause. This inspired me to do something similar. I started my search for a half marathon for a good cause and one of the first hits on google was the Uganda Marathon. In a split second, I knew: ‘THIS IS IT!’. Running for a cause in Uganda was a great opportunity to return something to the world, fulfil my personal dreams of meeting the real Africa, and an opportunity to cross running on the equator off as my first ever half marathon!   2. What project did you choose to fundraise for and why? This is where it gets a little personal. I grew up...

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