The Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon

The Rwenzori Marathon; With the first marathon of this kind having been organized and ran last year (2020), the Rwenzori half marathon is incredibly growing into another huge event in Uganda and at the regional level. It takes place on the foothills of the majestic Rwenzori Mountains located in the western part of Uganda and is a great way to explore many of its secret spots.

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How the Rwenzori marathon started

Organized with a vision to promote healthy living, boost tourism and support the local communities, the half marathon was launched in June 2022 at Margherita peak, the highest point of Uganda. Following several discussions by the running and tourism community in Uganda and the strong desire by both expert and amateur runners to race around the beautiful mountain foothills, the Tusker Lite Rwenzori marathon saw its birth.

The idea of the marathon is a social enterprise to promote tourism in the Rwenzori region. It is aimed at creating a world class racing event to celebrate the majestic and picturesque Rwenzori Mountains.

The first half marathon took place on 3rd September 2022 in Kasese while the second is scheduled for September 2, 2023 in the same district. It aims to attract 3,000 participants from Uganda and the rest of the world.

Things to do and Places to visit during the Rwenzori marathon

There is quite a lot of things for runners participating in the half marathon to engage in; hiking the Rwenzori Mountains, a wildlife tour in Queen Elizabeth national park, visiting some of the waterfalls on the slopes of the mountain and enjoying cultural entertainment. The Rwenzori marathon is a scenic run offering spectacular views of the elevated mountain ranges, lakes in Kasese and the vast plains.

Kazinga channel boat cruise and wildlife viewing

In Kasese, it is more than just the landscape and nature; every region in Uganda boasts unique cuisines and you can take advantage of this marathon to taste the locals’ food including sombe and some of the world’s tastiest fish from Lakes Edward, George and Kazinga channel.

Other places of attraction near Kasese include Kibale National park famous for chimpanzee tracking and Fort Portal with attractions including the Amabere Ga’ Nyina mwiru, crater lakes and Tooro Palace. From here, you can easily connect to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking.

Sponsors of the marathon

  • Tusker Lite (Uganda Breweries Limited)
  • UNDP
  • Coca Cola & Rwenzori Mineral Water
  • Rocket Health
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Jumia

Where to stay during the Rwenzori marathon

Planning to go for the upcoming Tusker Lite Rwenzori marathon in Kasese and searching for lodges to cater for you accommodation? The Rwenzori region is one of the most outstanding tourism destinations in Uganda and has quite a number of lodges. Whether you want to stay around Kasese town, its outskirts or in the wild areas, there is something for you.

Luxury accommodation: Elephant Plains Safari Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Kikorongo Safari Lodge

Midrange accommodation: Sandton Hotel, Kazinga Wilderness Safari Camp, Kamwe Kamwe Hotel and Spa, TJ Global hotel, Uhuru 50 hotel and Wildtracks Overland camp, Marafiki Safari Lodge

Budget accommodation: Kasenyi Lake retreat, Elda Backpackers, Rwenzori homestay, Simba safari camp, Whitehouse hotel

Ihamba Safari lodge located in Queen Elizabeth national park

For more information about or bookings at any of these lodges, feel free to get in touch with us.

The organizers of the Tusker Lite Rwenzori marathon thought it wise to have varying races to consider all running enthusiasts. They include; the Family fun run (5km), Half marathon (21km) and Full marathon (42km).

As an expert local tour operator in Uganda, Dolphin Tours and Travel is ready to handle ground travel services, lodge bookings and arrange tours and safaris for travelers who wish to journey to the destination for the Rwenzori marathon.

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