Wednesday 8th Nov
We'll be there to meet you at Entebbe airport where your transfer will be organised for 9am, midday or 4pm (please book flights with these transfer times in mind). You'll travel to Fort Portal and arrive at your accommodation. Drop your bags and join the gang for welcome drinks in the bar or on the terrace. This is time to relax and get to know your fellow runners. Later on there'll be dinner served at your hotel and you can drink and chat into the night.
Thursday 9th Nov
Introduction to Africa Day
Today you'll get an introduction to the buzzing local African town of Fort Portal. Everybody we speak to who lives or visits here LOVES it, and with good reason.
But first a chance to lie in and sleep off some of that travel fatigue. Alternatively join Paul or Ellie for a short run to get the legs pumping!
Then onto a leisurely welcome lunch and trip briefing at a restaurant in town before exploring the local markets (which sell everything from vegetables and Ugandan football shirts...to second hand knickers) and craft shops.
Friday 10th Nov
Local Luxury Day
Start the day with a short acclimatisation jog around local villages. This will give you a brilliant taster of the race conditions and the giggles you'll get from the locals! Then a walk up to the edge of a crater lake with astonishing views over the UNESCO Rwenzori Mountains and a cheesy group shot!
Relax and soak up the surroundings with a drink and light lunch at the luxurious Kyaninga Lodge. Bring your swimming stuff if you fancy a dip in the pool!
Finish the day off with authentic African cuisine in a local restaurant as you watch the busy town at night and get a full race briefing from the race directors and team of medics.
Saturday 11th Nov
After breakfast we'll head to the race start line to join the expat and local runners and feel the atmosphere start to buzz. You'll set off for the run early (7:30 am for the full marathon, 8:30 am for the half marathon and 9am for the 10k - all TBC) to get the best conditions. You'll spend the next few hours enjoying breathtaking views over the Rift Valley and Rwenzori Mountains. You'll have lots of cheering from locals and some very cute children running beside you. Underfoot you'll have the bouncy African mud paths, and the lush plants will offer some shade and lots to look at.
You'll hear the finish line cheering before you see it - come and join the crowds smiling ear to ear. Then get stuck into a BBQ buffet and cold beers while you cheer in the others!
From 2pm we are hosting a games afternoon for all ages. Think three-legged-racing, egg & spoon, sack racing and more! We also have music plus lots of stalls making a brilliant festival atmosphere.
Later we have an award ceremony, medal giving, and a race after-party!
Sunday 12th Nov
KCDC Sports Day
Once you're fully recuperated from your race (and the evening fun), today you're going to meet some of the children the marathon is supporting while getting involved in a very special event. We have worked with Kyaninga Child Development Centre to put on the KCDC Sports Day in Fort Portal - read more about the day and KCDC here >>
Play games with the children, cheer them on in races, give out medals, make them smile, make friends, dance to the brass band, play drums in the drum circle and just generally get involved. This is a great charity and today is all about experiencing something special with amazing children. There's local food to enjoy with the kids and a bar to enjoy with the adults!
As this is your last night, it's only right to make it a night of immense merriment so tonight is the night to eat, drink and be very merry among new friends. We've booked out the top floor of one of the most fun bars in town. Enjoy an evening buffet, games of pool and, if the 2016 event was anything to go by, some drinking games too!
Monday 13th Nov
If you're not joining us for the safari, transfers to Entebbe or to Kampala will leave after breakfast from your hotel.
Today is the day to safari in style with the safari add-on*. Join us as we cross the equator and go on a game drive and boat safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Famed for elephants and hippos, there are also crocodiles, warthogs, water buffalo, cobs, so many birds and, if you're lucky, lions!
Read all about the add-on which includes permits, guides, an extra night of accommodation - the lot - here.
Thank you for joining us for an incredible race and life-changing few days among new found friends in this stunning part of the world. We'll be sad to say goodbye...but before all that, we really can't wait to meet you!! Sign up today.
Please note itinerary may be subject to small changes
*Not included in price of standard package