Organise a Sports Day Like No Other: KidsRunWild

Organise a Sports Day Like No Other: KidsRunWild

  The fourth day in the 7-Day Adventure sees our International Runners organise a sports day for disadvantaged children in Uganda. We invite the youngsters from the Charity Projects who work with children, so attendees will come from local schools, orphanages and other youth-based initiatives. For those children who have experienced KidsRunWild before, they literally countdown the days to the event each year! And they’re not the only ones who look forward to this day and look back on it with fond memories – many of our Internationals Runners describe it as one of their favourite parts of the week!   The Meaning Behind the Day For the children of Masaka, the day represents a unique experience, as in the school national curriculum, especially in rural areas, there tends to be a lack of focus on sport, so the day represents the opportunity for children to participate in fun, competitive sporting events. Many of us consider sport and being active as a key component of a healthy lifestyle, as well as a theme for bringing communities together, which this day hopes to encourage amongst the children. We also host the event in the hopes that by exposing local children to competitive sport at a young age, not only will it encourage them to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle, but also inspire them with the option to potentially become Uganda’s future professional athletes. After all, whilst Uganda is in the same region as Kenya and Ethiopia, it still produces a fraction of the elite professionals compare to its neighbours. We’d love to see some of the children go on to become the next generation...
UGM Guest blog: My Story of the Week – By Caroline Hargreaves

UGM Guest blog: My Story of the Week – By Caroline Hargreaves

Caroline joined us for the event as she loves to combine running with travelling. She took on the full marathon event, visited a Ugandan project which works to fight malnutrition in schools, donated a ton of running shoes to the Masaka running community, and after the week, went Gorilla trekking in the Rain Forest. Describing the race as “hands down my favourite marathon” and 7-days as “one of the best weeks of my life“, she returned from the adventure so inspired, she started writing her own blog about her travels and running. Below she kindly shares some extracts from her write up of the week, both from her blog and the race report she wrote for her running club, to give you an idea of what the Uganda Marathon event is all about!    Sunday 27th May: Arriving in Uganda After [the collection from the airport, it was] a quick stop at the equator & an African massage (that’s driving on the African roads full of potholes)  we arrived at Hotel Brovad, my home for the next week. Time to freshen up & change, ready to go to the welcome party held at the Athletes Village where there was food, a bar where you could buy alcohol from whilst sitting around the campfire, and the chance to watch traditional African dancers.   Monday 28th May: Acclimatisation Day Up early & met up with everyone to learn more about what the Uganda Marathon is all about & got to play some games to get to know each other a bit better. We then got placed into clans with people that have...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Hannah M

Interview with a UGM Runner – Hannah M

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. Hannah chose to fundraise for the Charity Project, Women’s Soroptimists, by running our half marathon event, which actually turned out to be her first EVER half marathon! Below, she shares her account of the week, from staying at Athletes’ Village to visiting the Charity Project to Race Day…     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? A few of my friends had signed up and I knew some of the organisers, and it sounded like a brilliant week! I’d never been to Uganda before and had never tried to run a half marathon before, and thought, ‘Why not make Uganda my first?’ It was far more than I had expected – amazingly friendly and cheerful locals, a brilliant spirit and atmosphere in the camp, and the most amazing avocados and fresh fruit…!   2. How did you find staying at Athlete’s Village and camping in the hills of Uganda? The views from the Athletes’ Village were stunning, and the camp itself is beautiful. I was surprised by how lush and green Uganda was!   3. What project did you choose to fundraise for and why? Could you tell us about your experience with the project in Uganda? I fundraised for the Women’s Soroptimists project. Empowerment of women and girls in communities...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Ryan Langridge

Interview with a UGM Runner – Ryan Langridge

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. Ryan, a careworker from the UK, joined us in Uganda to run his first ever marathon! Below he tells us about his experience of Race Day,  what it was like to run the final 500 meters(!), and how he tied in his choice of project & fundraising with his career!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon, and was it what you expected? I signed up for the Uganda Marathon because I had never run a marathon before and sort of wanted to prove to myself that I could run the full distance. The race itself is far from what I expected (my fault guys, shouldn’t underestimate those hills!) I expected the course to be far different from the reality, including weather on the day etc. The week itself was great fun and exactly what I expected from you guys [the team] so thank you!   2. What project did you choose to fundraise for and why? What was your experience with them in Uganda? I chose to fundraise for STEP. I chose this project based on my job as a care worker at home and thought it may be a good idea to see how elderly people live in a lesser developed area of the world. I had a great experience with STEP and...
Thinking of Signing Up? Here’s 5 of Our Most Popular Questions

Thinking of Signing Up? Here’s 5 of Our Most Popular Questions

  If you’re thinking about signing up for the Uganda Marathon this year and joining us in May, you’re bound to have questions. Afterall, it’s a big undertaking: a week-long adventure in Africa, combining elements such as running, volunteering and fundraising, all to help the Uganda community and leave an amazing impact! So, to help with your deliberations on whether to sign up for this year’s event, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions – questions which many of our previous runners have asked, and I wondered myself in 2015 when I went through the process of signing up. We hope they’re helpful, and should you have any other questions, feel free to contact the team – we’d love to hear from you! 🙂   #1 What’s included in the Week-long Adventure? The Adventure in Uganda is much more than a race, but a full itinerary of different activities spanning seven-days. In the short, the week can be summed up as: “A week-long festival of travel, volunteering and exploration. An opportunity to make new friends, try new foods and get to know a new culture, with a physical challenge and big party at the end.”  The week is built around opportunities to volunteer and make a difference. Specifically, you’ll get to spend a day volunteering at the Charity Project you’ve chosen to fundraise for, and therefore you’re running the race for. This gives you an opportunity to see exactly how you’re helping the community, as well as give you the chance to pitch in for a day and help by getting hands-on. The week...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Kate Westcott

Interview with a UGM Runner – Kate Westcott

  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. Kate joined us for her first ever visit to Africa where she took on the challenge of the 42K event, her first trail marathon! Below, she shares her experiences of staying at Athletes’ Village, volunteering at the project ‘House of Love and Hope Uganda’, connecting with the local running club, and the big day itself, Race Day!      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 little while. I’m always on the look-out for good volunteering opportunities and loved the idea of being able to spend time with the local community, supporting local projects and training with the local running club before taking part in a marathon together at the end of the week. I’d also been wanting for a long time to visit Africa, and this seemed to be the perfect way to travel there – staying in a village off the typical tourist track and getting a true local experience, while at the same time, helping to make a positive impact. A few of my friends had done the Uganda Marathon the previous year and spoke very highly of it. When they signed up again, along with some other first-timers, I just felt like it was a trip I had to join. Despite the...

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