Uganda Marathon | ActionAid UK

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Uganda Marathon

Take part in the Uganda marathon - a race with a difference.

Your week of adventure, culture and volunteering

Uganda Marathon school visit

A unique experience

This isn’t your average challenge! You’ll also be taking part in inspirational local events, school sports days and volunteering at nearby projects. 

Uganda Marathon race

An incredible race

The finale of the week — with a route that runs mainly off-road, on hard baked, red dirt road. Choose to run a distance that suits you.

Uganda Marathon Runners

Making friends

Whether you sign up on your own or with a friend, you’ll meet lots of amazing people from the community and runners from all around the world! 

Uganda Marathon projects

Visiting other ActionAid projects

Extend your trip after the race and we can arrange for you to visit nearby ActionAid projects to get a broader insight into our work in Uganda.

Gorilla Trekking with the Uganda Marathon

Exploring the country

Stay a little longer in this beautiful country and take on a safari, see the last mountain gorillas left in the wild, or visit the source of the Nile. 

Local Culture Uganda marathon

Soaking up the local culture

Immerse yourself in Ugandan life before the race! Take part in cultural activities each day - sing, dance, create art and explore the town of Masaka.

  • ActionAid began work in Uganda in 1982. We work in 50 districts across the country, supporting communities in the poorest and most remote areas.
  • In recent years, Uganda has transformed itself from a country with a troubled past to one of relative stability.
  • The Uganda Marathon will take place in Masaka, about 2 hours drive southwest of the capital of Kampala.

The weather and running conditions

The weather has never been an issue for competitors. The race takes place at the end of the rainy season, which brings cooler temperatures of an average 25 celsius. Plenty of water stations and suncream dot the course.

How much does it cost?

This is a self-funded challenge, which means that you will pay for the trip costs and all the money you raise will come directly to ActionAid. The costs for your challenge vary depending on the style of accommodation you choose.


Athletes’ Village – £945
Stay in a private room with your own ensuite bathroom in the grounds of the Athletes’ Village.

Marabou Village – £1,095
Stay in comfort in the best hotel in Masaka — enjoy hot showers, soft beds, a pool and a gym.

Marabou Exec – £1,245
Enjoy luxurious surroundings including an onsite spa, and an outdoor pool.

What’s included in my trip?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Race entry — also subsidising 15 Ugandan youth runners
  • Airport transfers from Entebbe
  • 2 volunteer days with local projects
  • Campfire evenings with 150 new friends
  • Daily activities — including a Lake Nabungo trip for swimming. 
  • Nightly entertainment of music, traditional drumming and dance
  • Race t-shirt 
  • Medical support

Find out more

What’s not included

You’ll need to organise some things yourself, and pay for a few things during your time in Uganda. These include:

  • Flights (available for around £400 from Europe if booked in advance)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa – more information
  • Any spending money and alcoholic drinks
  • Your vaccinations – more information
  • Onward trip extensions

Contact us

If you have any questions or need support with your fundraising, please get in touch. Email or call 01460 238 000.


Page updated 31 March 2020