The Uganda Marathon Story

History

The Uganda Marathon was the brainchild of Henry, Andy, Nick and Moses. Four old friends who came together to improve the lives of the vulnerable in the Masaka region of Uganda. In 2014 they came together to create a special and unique event – a sporting event and cultural festival full of love, fun and adventure.

They wanted to create a way to show people from all over the world the beauty of Uganda, the fantastic warm, friendly welcome of its people and the amazing story of hope and promise in the country.

Since the inaugural race in May 2015, the Marathon has become the largest public fundraiser in Ugandan history and the premier race in East Africa. We have gained the full support of the Ugandan government, several large charities and NGOs working in the country, hundreds of runners and adventurers and – most importantly – the local community of Masaka.

Over the years, the marathon has attracted thousands of runners to Masaka, to try their hand at the course. The total money raised for charity by the event is well over $850,000

Named as one of the “Best 9 Marathons in the World” 2018 and 2019, Red Bull
Shortlisted for Best International Event at The Running Awards 2017, 2018 & 2019
Winner, Best International Event, The Running Awards 2016
Best Marathon in Africa RAD Magazine,
Nominated for Best for Poverty Reduction at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2017
“Top 50 Adventures in the World” Red Bull, 2019

100% 5* reviews on Facebook.

We’re on a mission to help the people of Uganda help themselves – using running and volunteering as a catalyst for change.

Join us on the journey – here’s who we are:

Meet the teams from the UK & Uganda

The Uganda Team

The Uganda Marathon has a year-round, permanent presence in Uganda. This is to make sure that the race is fully part of the Ugandan community and that your fundraising is properly spent to create sustainable charity projects.

Tom Tisay

Tom Tisay

Community Partnership Manager

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie Wright

Event manager

Andy Bownds

Andy Bownds

Community Partnerships Manager

Edna Onenarach

Edna Onenarach

Monitoring Learning & Evaluation Officer

Andrew Muzoora

Andrew Muzoora

Marketing Manager

Cissy Dembe

Cissy Dembe

Shop Manager

Eric Barigye

Eric Barigye

Communications Manager

Esther katushabe

Esther katushabe

Event Team

Faridah Nakijjoba

Faridah Nakijjoba

Event Team

Henry Wamboko

Henry Wamboko

Event Team

Saidi Atibu

Saidi Atibu

Event Team

The UK Team

The organisation and growth of The Uganda Marathon is thanks to an incredible group of dedicated people, based within the UK. Whilst they work in London throughout most of the year, you’ll get to know them very well in Masaka during the event!

Henry Blanchard

Henry Blanchard

Co-Founder & Director

Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Co-Founder & Marketing

Andy Teale

Andy Teale

Content & Marketing Manager

Mark Callaghan

Mark Callaghan

UGM Running Coach

Ian Watts

Ian Watts

Customer Service & Corporate Partnerships

The Uganda Marathon Board of Directors

Our board of directors are made up of representatives from the community and the charity organisations that we work with. They make key decisions on the sustainable projects we work with and your money that has been raised as part of the event.

Moses Kigozi

Moses Kigozi

Moses is the director of CHEDRA, an organisation that is committed to tackling the widespread effects of HIV & AIDS on the local Masaka community.

John Mugabi

John Mugabi

John is the director of Youth With A Vision, an organisation dedicated to defending the rights of disadvantaged children in Masaka by providing education, care and support.

 

Shadia Namirembe

Shadia Namirembe

Tom Wathum

Tom Wathum

David Ssemwogerere

David Ssemwogerere

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