Interview with a UGM Runner – Dayo Akinbode

Interview with a UGM Runner – Dayo Akinbode

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. An experienced runner and traveller, Dayo joined us from Nigeria as part of her quest to run a marathon in as many countries as possible. Heavily focused on the race, it wasn’t until she arrived in Uganda, that she discovered the charity element of the event and volunteered at project Huridem…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2017? I belong to a group of runners who are crazy enough to want to run marathons in as many countries as possible. We are called the Marathon Globetrotters and I personally put a lot of time into researching and planning the countries to run for logistic reasons. When I saw that the Kigali International Marathon and the Uganda international Marathon were 2 weeks apart and in the same geographical location, I knew I had to register for both Marathons. And that is how I got registered for the marathon, coupled with the fact that Elodie [who ran the Uganda Marathon the previous year], one of my runner friends, had good things to say about the event.   2. Was it what you expected? No, it wasn’t what I expected or rather I had no expectations. I just wanted to run a marathon in another country and tick Uganda off my list of countries to record ‘Country 27’.   3. What projects did you volunteer at...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Ian Healy

Interview with a UGM Runner – Ian Healy

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. His first time in Africa, Ian entered the full 42K marathon event and fundraised for the Charity Project, the Suubi Centre. An experienced runner, he talks about Race Day, but also his experience of the other exciting elements of the week- including ‘See your Legacy Day’ and his stay at Athletes’ Village.     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon, and was it what you expected? A number of my friends signed up for the 2016 and 2017 marathons, which is how I started hearing about the race. I’d been interested in doing some volunteering abroad for a number of years, and the race seemed like a huge challenge, so it all came together perfectly for me. The Uganda Marathon was what I expected in the sense that I knew it was going to be a huge eye-opener and a massive culture shock (I’d never been to Africa). I guess what I didn’t expect was to be able to see the direct impact of projects funded by the marathon while I was there – meeting your project and being able to see what was funded the previous year, and the impact it has had, was really inspiring. My project, Suubi Centre, runs a school and maternity clinic in Lubanda Village. A goat farm was funded and built by the...
Extend your 7-Day Adventure: Gorillas & Safari Tours

Extend your 7-Day Adventure: Gorillas & Safari Tours

  The 7-Day Adventure involves a wide number of activities – volunteering at two Charity Projects, organising a sports day for local disadvantaged children, connecting with the local community, enjoying a festival atmosphere at Athletes’ Village, running an incredible race, and more. But if you don’t feel the seven days is quite enough, and you’d like to explore more of what the beautiful country of Uganda has to offer, we’ve prepared three special tour packages for our runners. You can do these either before or after the main week. Make the most of your time in the Uganda and see more of what this magical place has to offer, and turn an amazing week into the holiday of a lifetime!   Gorilla Trekking This tour takes places over 3 days and 2 nights, giving you the chance to see a family of gorillas in the wild. You’ll trek through the rainforest in Bwindi to locate our closet relatives, a special experience in itself as you explore one of Uganda’s most stunning locations. Then, come face-to-face with a band of gorillas – including infants, mothers and even the mighty silverback!   Runner’s Story – read Helen’s experience of the Gorilla Trekking after the 7-Day Adventure, where she realised a ‘lifelong dream’. This extension was a big reason for her signing up for the main event.   Gorilla Trekking & Safari Spanning 5 days and 4 nights, this tour includes everything mentioned in the Gorilla Trekking above, plus exploring one Uganda’s most famous tourist attractions – Queen Elizabeth National Park. Located in the Savannah Plains between the Ruwenzori Mountains, it is the...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Amy Broadhead

Interview with a UGM Runner – Amy Broadhead

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. Amy, from Barnsley, was seeking an opportunity to do some volunteering for charity but didn’t consider herself well travelled. However, she decided to take the plunge! She fundraised for Bugabira Primary School, used her time in Uganda to go on Safari and Gorilla Trekking, and despite not considering herself a ‘runner’, on Race Day she stepped up to do the Half-Marathon!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I signed up for the marathon because my friend Ryan suggested it- he had seen it on the internet and we were trying to find an experience that would suit us both. He loves to run and I’ve always wanted to do charity work, and it combined both of them into one. I was apprehensive at first as I didn’t know what to expect… I hadn’t travelled that far away from home so it was very nerve racking but with the extra push I needed, I decided to sign up. But I’m so glad I decided to go in the end as going to Uganda was the best experience of my life!   2. Which project did you choose to fundraise for? Tell us about why you chose this project and your experience with them in Uganda. I chose to fundraise for Bugabira Primary School and chose this...
10 Reasons to Run the Uganda Marathon in 2018

10 Reasons to Run the Uganda Marathon in 2018

It’s that time of year again – the weeks start flying by, Christmas rapidly approaches, and the year draws to a close. It’s a time to celebrate, but also a chance to wind down and reflect on the year gone by. And of course, when looking back, there’s also an exciting emphasis on moving forward and planning the year ahead. With a New Year, comes exciting opportunities…and one of those opportunities is the Uganda Marathon. So, as you make your exciting plans for 2018, here are ten reasons to include running the Uganda Marathon in your plans…   #1 It’s more than a race – it’s a 7-day Adventure! Don’t be fooled by the title, but pay close attention to the slogan: ‘An Adventure Like No Other’. Yes, the race is a brilliant, special, unforgettable experience, but there’s a lot more to the week as well. In short, it’s a 7-day festival focused on helping the Ugandan community – it includes volunteering at two different Charity Projects, organising a sports day for local children, experiencing the Ugandan culture, connecting with the local people and taking on a big challenge in support of those people. There is also a big social element to the week as well with locally sourced entertainment each night, and at the very end of the 7-days, a big party to celebrate the week!   #2 An unforgettable race experience – for all abilities The focus of the race is very much on using the challenge to help the local people and as a result, it has a great community feel to it. By this point, Day 7,...

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