The Uganda Marathon allows runners to connect with and support charities, projects and community leaders across UgandaMeet and work alongside the people you've helped, directly.
How your participation will change lives in Uganda
1. The community decides who needs the most support
Each year, we receive applications from hundreds of different projects and community leaders across Uganda. Our dedicated team of Ugandan social workers, in combination with our Ugandan Board of Trustees help these projects apply and refine their applications.
In combination with an international trustee board, together we select the final projects that runners can support each year.
The selection is based on:
- The sustainability of the project – how will your support contribute to long term success
- The impact of the project & requirement (both quantity of people and level of impact per individual)
- The need of the project and the availability of other support
You as a participant are then able to choose which specific projects you would like to fundraise for and support – and then visit the very people you’ve supported and work alongside them during the adventure week.
2. Participants and runners get to support these projects, directly
Fundraising is often a big part of taking part in any challenge event. To not just challenge and push your own boundaries, but to help others at the same time.
The Ugandan community welcomes runners with open arms and joyous enthusiasm every year. Even though they have little, they give so much. We believe it’s only right for us to give back.
Our approach is very simple: We want you to raise as much money as you can, in order to support the selected projects in Uganda that so desperately need and will benefit from your help.
But there are no minimum targets or requirements to take part. You raise as much as you want to. It’s up to every runner to choose how much they want to contribute – and any amount, large or small is greatly appreciated. Whatever you set your target as, we challenge you go out and smash it!
The reward when you meet the community leaders, projects and people you have supported is priceless. Knowing you’ve enabled pople half way around the world to bring themselves out of poverty… it’s priceless.
The only way that the world can change is if we do it together, and so the Uganda Marathon has teamed up with the UN Global Goals to be a part of changing the world in the next 15 years.
The 17 Global Goals are a unified, global commitment to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people. But in order for the goals to work, everyone needs to know about them!
Take a look below at the 17 goals, and how you can tackle them through taking part in the Uganda Marathon.
Each of the Uganda Marathon projects supports one or more of the UN Global Goals – you can see which Global Goal the project is targeting by the icon next to the project name. Every project you can support and help is listed here. Once you register for the marathon, you get to choose who you want to support, and spend time with during the Adventure week. Learn about their hopes, challenges and aspirations – and become part of their story.
By taking part in the Uganda Marathon you become part of a global drive to change the world!
“I cried for sadness, but also for joy: the smiles, performances and good vibes received from the people and kids I met left me an indelible mark on my skin, in my soul and in my heart and I can’t wait to go back again!”
– Simona G, Uganda Marathon runner, 2018
“The most incredible week ever. And it’s definitely not just about the run. Took my family: mum (age 69!) and daughter (age 6) as ‘spectators’, and they both had the most amazing experience too”
– Alison E, Uganda Marathon runner, 2018