Sign up for the Uganda Runners Experience 2017!

From 11 to 19 November 2017, the second edition of the Uganda Runners Experience will take place: a unique runners journey that will bring you from the cradle of Uganda’s Running Talent (Kapchorwa) to the ultimate climax: participation in the MTN Marathon (10km, 21km or 42km) together with 25.000 other passionate runners! Below you find more information about the programme. For more direct information, contact Janneke Koch, URE participant in 2016: +31(0)612832790. Are you already convinced? Then go the online subscription form!                                                                               Runners Journey Uganda MTN Marathon

MTN Marathon: 10km, half marathon or full marathon
During this week you will go for altitude training on the flanks of Mount Elgon, visit the Source of the mighty river Nile and immerse yourself in hectic and vibrant Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. In Kampala your race number will be waiting for you as you will participate in the MTN Marathon, one of Africa’s greatest running events. You can either choose to run the 10 kilometers, half marathon or full marathon.                                                                                                                                                   MTN Marathon Kampala

Kapchorwa: the center and source of Uganda’s running talent
The altitude training will take place in the hospitable running village of Kapchorwa, the Eldoret / Kaptagat of Uganda, at 2,000m altitude. The athletes in Kapchorwa are related to their fellow ‘Kalenjins’ tribe world champions on the other side of the border. Kapchorwa is the home soil of Stephen Kiprotich (personal best of 2.06:33, full marathon), Joshua Cheptegei (personal best of 27:10, 10km.) and Moses Kipsiro (1:00:41, half marathon).

Contribution to the Home of Talents Community project
By taking part in this one of a kind runners journey you are supporting the work of From Coach to Coach. All proceeds of this event will benefit Home of Talents children and coaches. Home of Talents is a From Coach to Coach project in the surroundings of Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda. Home of Talents offers opportunities to children to develop their talents through sports and to build sustainable livelihoods. Are you up for a challenge this autumn? Sign up for the Uganda Runners Experience before the 1st of May and receive a € 100,- discount on the travel package.

For whom?
The URE 2017 is suitable for runners of all levels: (semi) professionals and well-trained amateurs who want to widen their running horizon as well as half-baked runners who welcome an adventurous challenge.

Scroll down to check the comprehensive programme of this 8-day Runners Journey.

Participating in the Uganda Runners Experience costs € 2.199,-*

Want to subscribe?
You can subscribe for the Uganda Runners Experience 2017 by filling in the online subscription form or sending an email to

*Included in this journey price is:
• International return ticket**
• Eight nights in a mid-range accommodation in a double room
• All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• All aforementioned activities, excluding the program of choice in Jinja
• Bib number for the MTN Marathon 2016
• Transport with Toyota mini busses
• Professional Dutch and Ugandan tour guides

** Return flight is based on the cheapest price category (KLM or Brussels Airlines). In case this price category is not available anymore, the ticket price may become higher. You will be informed about this in time.

Excluded in the journey price is:
• Drinks
• Visa (50 USD)
• Vaccinations
• Insurances
• Tips and personal expenses
• Optional excursions e.g. the program of choice in Jinja

The programme

Saturday 11th of November: departure Europe – arrival Uganda
You will fly from Amsterdam to Entebbe with the other URE participants. In Entebbe you will be welcomed by a delegation of the URE 2017 team. Accommodation that night is in Kampala.

Sunday 12th of November: travel day to Kapchorwa
From Entebbe you’ll travel in ~7 hours to Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda. In Kapchorwa you’ll get further acquainted with the local From Coach to Coach team and the runners and coaches who will be your travel buddies for the upcoming days. In the evening there will be an informal meeting with the local Ugandan athletes, at the bar or around the campfire.

Monday 13th of November: training with Ugandan elite athletes
Today you’ll enjoy your first sports action: many Ugandan athletes train together in the Kapchorwa area and a number of them will join you in a preparation run. Today you’ll experience a high altitude (~2,000 meters) preparation for the MTN marathon.                                                                                                                                                       Joshua Cheptegei Running Champion Kapchorwa

Tuesday 14th of November: Sipi Falls and coffee tour
The Kapchorwa area is famous for the breathtaking Sipi Falls and delicious organic coffee. Today you will enjoy a 2-3 hour hike and experience both local highlights. You hike 2-3 hours to two of the three waterfalls and visit a coffee farmer who will introduce you to the ins and outs of coffee growing and roasting. The adrenaline junkies amongst you will get the chance to rappel down from the waterfall.

Wednesday 15th of November: travel day Kapchorwa – Jinja
From Kapchorwa you travel in about 4 hours to Jinja, located at the source of the river Nile. You will enjoy accommodation with a wonderful view of the mighty river.

Thursday 16th of November: programme of choice in Jinja
Jinja offers something for everyone: it is the place to be for the outdoor adventurer with countless opportunities of getting a healthy dose of adrenaline – you can opt for rafting or kayaking on the river, mountain biking, or even a bungee jump – but you can also choose to relax and recover from the past days’ action.

Friday 17th of November: travel day Jinja – Kampala + boda tour
After a relaxing start to the day you’ll travel to Kampala (2 hours). There you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city on the back of a boda boda, the local motor taxi, and get used to the flow of the city.

Saturday 18th of November: relaxation + preparation MTN marathon
This day is all about getting ready for the big day tomorrow. You’ll receive your race bib and can charge your batteries at the swimming pool. You can load up on some carbs with a good pasta meal.

Sunday 19th of November: MTN marathon and journey home
Today is the day: the MTN marathon! You join 20.000 other runners and traverse the lively streets of Kampala for 10 km, the half marathon or the full marathon. The hilly race course will guide you through the different neighborhoods of this vibrant East-African megapole. Once you’ve reached the finish you can catch your breath with your fellow runners and dance euphorically to Ugandan beats.

Monday 20st of November: arrival in Amsterdam
The night flight Entebbe – Amsterdam arrives early in the morning, around 6am at Schiphol.

Option: one more day to recover from this ultimate runners journey and enjoy Kampala.
Do you want to stay one more day in Kampala? Then let us know when you subscribe.

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