The Uganda Marathon COVID-19 Response

Dear Friends. It is with great sadness that we have announced that, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic,  we are forced to postpone the 2020 Uganda Marathon week-long Adventure, and the Uganda Marathon Race, until Summer 2021. Prior to the 18th March, our stance was that the event was due to continue as planned, as long as it was safe, participants were able to get to Uganda, and that we had not received instructions to cancel from local or national authorities. However since then, tight controls have been put into place in Uganda that make the safe organisation of this event impossible. These controls include: Changes in the FCO travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Uganda – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uganda. Updates from the Ugandan government Ministry of Health advising against foreign travel to Uganda. The closure of the only international airport in Uganda for all non-essential travel. The closure of roads into the country for all non-essential travel. Strict quarantine instructions for all Ugandan residents returning home that force them to isolate for 14 days on arrival. The banning of all big gatherings The banning of all press conferences. The closure of all schools, universities and churches. It is difficult to predict how long these measures will be enforced for, but after conversations with the local authorities and our sponsors, we realised that we can no longer hold the event this May and so we have no choice but to postpone the 2020 event. We are devastated as a team, but even in this time of sadness, we are touched by the messages of understanding and support...
The Uganda International marathon 2019 Video Adventure

The Uganda International marathon 2019 Video Adventure

Welcome to The Uganda Marathon 2019! Follow the adventurers who came to Uganda in 2019 to raise money for an incredible community and take part in a race like no other. This video shows some of the highlights from the 2019 marathon week – an adventure that one in five describe as “the best week of my life“. Check out our other videos from The Uganda Marathon Adventure Inside the next generation of sustainable charity Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2018 Video Adventure Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2016 Video Adventure Watch our...
Inside the Next Generation of Sustainable Charity – The Uganda Marathon Documentary

Inside the Next Generation of Sustainable Charity – The Uganda Marathon Documentary

Welcome to The Uganda Marathon 2019! Find all about The Uganda Marathon in this inspirational 10 minute documentary created by @TheGlassPassport. Hear all about the week, where the fundraising goes and how you can create an incredible legacy in Uganda in May. The Uganda Marathon 2019 Video Adventure Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2018 Video Adventure Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2016 Video Adventure Watch our...
How you make a difference and leave a legacy!

How you make a difference and leave a legacy!

There have been several scandals recently highlighting the dangers of poorly managed overseas aid work. From Oxfam – one of the world’s largest charities – being involved in misconduct, to the BBC recently reporting on the mismanagement of orphanages and foster homes in Uganda itself. Here at The Uganda Marathon, we’re incredibly proud of our approach to helping the communities we work with and support. Offering a hand up, not a hand out. We take our lead from the local communities we serve, not the other way round. And we’re extremely passionate about fighting poor practice – especially orphanages. There are a very few number of legitimate orphanages in Uganda. It is a sad fact that some unscrupulous people see children as a means of making money, rather than as incredible but vulnerable people who need fostering and rehabilitation back to their family to thrive. Orphanages are, sadly, big business – and many actively encourage mothers and guardians to place their children with them to increase foreign aid / donations.  Our community partnerships manager, Andy Bownds, shares his thoughts on how we discourage such behaviour below.   ” I am based in Masaka full time and work alongside 6 other full time Ugandan staff and a 4 strong Ugandan board. Who are dedicated not only to ensuring that you have the best possible visit to Uganda but also leave an incredible positive legacy! We do this through a strict application, monitoring and evaluation and accountability process. This is how it works: Application Process– All projects that are funded through the marathon go through this level of due diligence. They...
A Black Friday Like No Other! Prices Are Going Up This Weekend

A Black Friday Like No Other! Prices Are Going Up This Weekend

This weekend, we are reshaping Black Friday to help disadvantaged Ugandan entrepreneurs! We have a challenge for you… This Black Friday weekend, we have increased the prices across all of Uganda Marathon packages by 10%, with the difference going to help a young Ugandan entrepreneur start their journey in business. We are asking you to buck the trend and pass on your savings from all the Black Friday deals out there, use this holiday to make an incredible difference in the life of a disadvantaged youth in Uganda. Just £200 can make a life-changing difference to 10 youths, helping them to start their journey in business and pull themselves out of poverty. So by signing up over Black Friday weekend and paying an increased registration fee, you are starting your legacy early by changing lives in rural Uganda. Welcome to a Black Friday Like No Other! This project is run by Rural Community Initiative for Development, one of the Uganda Marathon partner projects. Registering for the Uganda Marathon requires you to fill in a registration form and pay a deposit. If you would like to donate more or less in our Black Friday offer, please do talk to our...
The Uganda International marathon 2018 Video Adventure

The Uganda International marathon 2018 Video Adventure

Welcome to The Uganda Marathon 2018! Follow the adventurers who came to Uganda in 2018 to raise money for an incredible community and take part in a race like no other. This video shows some of the highlights from the 2018 marathon week – an adventure that one in five describe as “the best week of my life“. CHECK OUT OUR OTHER VIDEOS FROM THE UGANDA MARATHON ADVENTURE Inside the next generation of sustainable charity Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2019 Video Adventure Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2016 Video Adventure Watch our...
With great sadness, we are postponing the 2020 Uganda Marathon to May 2021.Read our full update here
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