Signing Up

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Race Entry
  • Four nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Race t-shirt
  • Medal
  • Water on the race course
  • Transport to all organised activities
  • Use of all facilities at your chosen accommodation

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Transfers (we can help you organise these)
  • Drinks
  • Visa
  • Chimpanzee Safari

COST

Prices start at $589 and vary depending on your chosen accommodation type. See the sign up page for prices. This is a not for profit event and costs are calculated to cover the running of the event and accommodation only. Any leftover proceeds go to Kyaninga Childcare Development Centre.

NON-RUNNING PARTNERS

If you'd like to come to support your partner/friend but you don't want to run, you are more than welcome! On race day you can choose to spectate and cheer, get involved with some marshalling or join the organising team to dart around the course in cars or on bodas making sure everything is going smoothly.

FUNDRAISING

Fundraising is optional. If you do wish to raise money, you can do so for a charity of your choice or for the charity we support in Fort Portal, Kyaninga Childcare Development Centre which you can read more about on the fundraising page of the website.

RACE ONLY ENTRY (FOR EXPATS AND EAST AFRICAN NATIONALS)

If you are an expat living in East Africa or an East African national, please visit the sign up page where you can register.

ELITE RUNNERS (SUB 2:30 MARATHON)

Please contact us directly.


Race Information

TERRAIN & Elevation

The hilly 10k, half and full marathon courses will be predominantly on dirt paths; the perfect running surface! 

Fort Portal is approximately 1500m above sea level. This is below the height of serious altitude training (which begins around 2000m) but you'll still feel a difference when running.

CLIMATE

Uganda is on the equator and has a tropical climate. Fort Portal is at about 1500m above sea level which keeps it from becoming unbearably hot...but it's still very warm. Typically Uganda has two rainy seasons and two dry seasons a year, these are getting less and less consistent but your trip should be at the beginning of a dry season. If it does rain, it'll likely be short and sharp showers.

START TIME

Up early for a race start on Saturday morning, exact time TBC.

TIMING & RESULTS

The race will be timed for all distances. Results will be posted onto our website.

RACE NUMBERS

All runners will get a race number. These will be handed out during your stay.

MEDICAL HELP

We have a fantastic team of medics from the UK who we have worked with before. They are generously volunteering their time to join us. While they are out in Uganda they will also be helping local communities and a refugee camp. On race day they will be around the course and at the finish line. More info can be found on the race page.

HYDRATION

There will be water stations around the course. We also recommend using a hydration pack or belt and some energy gels if you're used to racing with them.

RUNNING SHOES

Multi-terrain running shoes are a safe bet.

CLOTHING

Dress for running in hot weather. In most parts of Uganda women are expected to cover up from the chest down to the knees, but when participating in sport your usual summer running clothes are perfect (i.e. shorts are a-OK).

FITNESS REQUIRED

It's a tough course but that doesn't mean you have to be an elite runner to finish it. Runners of ALL abilities can enjoy the course. Walk up the hills if you fancy, enjoy the downs and just live the experience! 

DISTANCE

Full marathon (26.2 miles / 42 km), half marathon (13.1 miles / 21 km) and 10k (6.2 miles). The distances have been accurately measured.

MARSHALS & SIGNAGE

We have marshals located around the course and direction/distance signage.

PRIZES

There will be a prize giving ceremony after the race.


Travelling to Uganda

VISA

Please see the Ugandan DIRECTORATE of CITIZENSHIP and IMMIGRATION CONTROL Website for more info.

MALARIA

Malaria is common in Uganda and we recommend taking anti-malarials for your trip. See a healthcare professional to find the right ones for you.

VACCINATIONS

Yellow Fever: if you are travelling into Uganda you need to have a certificate proving you have had a vaccination. Other vaccinations such as HepB may be recommended, please consult a healthcare professional.

WATER

You should only drink bottled water during your stay. This can be purchased easily and cheaply.

WEATHER & CLIMATE

Uganda is on the equator. You will be visiting at the end of wet season/beginning of dry season when it is typically slightly cooler than usual.

TIMEZONE

Uganda is 3 hours ahead of GMT.

FLIGHTS / AIRPORT

Uganda's main airport is located in Entebbe on the edge of Lake Victoria. This is approx. 45 mins south of the capital Kampala. And approx. 4 hrs from Fort Portal.

GETTING TO FORT PORTAL

We can arrange a private hire taxi from the airport which will cost approx. 100USD. Public transport (changing in Kampala) will costs approx. 15USD.

INSURANCE

Please get travel insurance before leaving on your trip.

LANGUAGE

The national language of Uganda is English so most people speak it. Lugandan is the language that nationals will more commonly speak to each other and this can be a lot of fun to learn and very much appreciated wherever you go!

SUN PROTECTION

Sun protection is highly recommended. Suncream is not easy to find in Uganda.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS & MEDICATION

Please let us know of all medical conditions in advance so we can advise/prepare as much as possible.

MONEY

The local currency is Ugandan Shillings (UGX). USD are accepted for large costs (fancy hotels / long private taxi rides / tours) but shillings are more commonly used for everyday goods. ATMs are widely available (usually for a small charge) and usually dispense shillings.


Kit List

ESSENTIAL

Passport / Visa / Comfortable shoes or sandals for daily use / Clothes suitable for warm weather / Something warm for cooler evenings / Money or bank card (to cover souvenirs, water & other drinks, snacks) / Toiletries / Prescription medication / Sleepwear / Underwear and socks / Travel insurance / Insect repellent / Antimalarials / Suncream

ESSENTIAL RUNNING SPECIFIC

Running shoes / Running clothes suitable for warm weather / Socks / Rehydration tablets

RECOMMENDED

Hat or visor / Flipflops or sandals / Sunglasses / Waterproof jacket / Camera / Torch (flashlight) / Swimsuit / Small day pack / Lip balm with SPF | Headphones and music / Earplugs / Travel alarm / Book / Journal / Hand sanitiser

RECOMMENDED RUNNING SPECIFIC

Running watch / Energy gels or bars / Blister plasters / Hydration backpack or belt / Any specific food you usually eat before or after a race / Vaseline or other anti-chafing lotion / Running sunglasses / Sweatbands