THE 2024 UGANDA MARATHON
One amazing week to challenge yourself & make a difference: Sunday 26th May – Sunday 2nd June 2024.
Half or Full Marathon:
1 or 2 laps of our 13.1 mile course. Hills, rough terrain and an African sun makes this one of the toughest but most rewarding challenges that a runner can undertake!
A beautiful run through picturesque Uganda, along half of the route. Come for the adventure and top it off with a chance to run through the very best of Africa!
An unforgettable week-long adventure in Uganda 7 nights accommodation at the Athletes’ Village or Marabou Village 3 meals per day All daily activities throughout your entire adventure. Campfire evenings, entertainment, music, drumming & dance (beer at the bar not included) Race entry to the 10k, half or full marathon race on Friday 31st May 2024 Feed/water stations & medical support Don’t fancy running but everything else sounds great? Take part in everything else and then volunteer on race morning! Your entry fee also subsidies FIFTEEN Ugandan junior runners to participate – run alongside those you’ve helped Race t-shirt and number Airport pickup Airport transfers (arrival Sunday 26th May and departure 2nd June 2024 only – available at other times for extra cost) Pre-race package & preparation support Exclusive discounts on safari, gorilla trekking, volunteering opportunities and more should you wish to stay on in Uganda after the race.
It’s a beautiful, beautiful route. One lap for the half marathon, two laps for the full marathon. Half a lap for the 10k. Expect mainly off-road: hard baked, red African dirt roads, with a little bit of trail and a little bit of tarmac at the start and finish.
You will cross the start line at the convivial Liberation Square with plenty of whooping & cheering! Our 21k and 42k runners head out in the same direction, north of Masaka town. From there you will pass a bustling village called Ssaza and then up along a path to another village called Ndegeya (host to the Athletes’ Village). You’ll pass Bugabira (a school which the marathon is supporting) and likely by this point be joined by local children, running barefoot! You’ll then loop back through more villages with plenty of cheering, until you reach Masaka town again.
From there you’ll defeat The Beast (quite a hill!) and head up onto Pine Ridge, where you will be rewarded with unsurpassable views over rural Uganda. You’ll finish the 21k loop by running down a welcome, gentle slope, all the way back into town. As the volume levels rise you’ll finish back where you started, at Liberation Square! Half marathon runners can rest and celebrate, while another loop for the full marathon runners awaits.
10K runners will start shortly after their counterparts, and follow the second half of the course. You will take on The Beast, gorge on all the views from Pine Ridge, and be cheered on by locals through Masaka town.
Start address: Katwe Rd, Masaka, Uganda
Finish address: Katwe Rd, Masaka, Uganda