Uganda International Marathon 2019


26th May- 2nd June 2019

The 5th running of one of the World’s Top Marathons (check out their awards page!) is a flagship event in the Exile Medics Calendar. A 26 mile race through Masaka and the surrounding countryside in Uganda is an experience second to none for the wilderness medicine pro. Over 3000 runners from all over the world cover the marathon distance, with support from thousands more lining the route, and the army, police and local health services.

Its a frantic event, but as ever, and only as we can, Exile Medics form the foundation of medical support. You'll see race and wilderness medicine at its most logistically challenging, caring from not just wilderness primary care in a vast expedition camp, but sports and exercise medicine, psychiatry (runners are generally bananas!) and paediatrics in particular. You should be literally prepared for anything. Really- anything. I know we say that a lot, but TIA my friend!

Who can say no to that!

Before you head to the application at the bottom of the page, see the details below

Cost: The Uganda International Marathon costs £180 (which includes the obligatory, unfortunate VAT at 20% which goes straight to the government :-() for the administrative fee which covers your public and employees liability insurance, T shirts and other goodies, clinical support, Pre deployment briefing day, audio briefing, logistical support and all the medical equipment you will need. You will also need to buy your flight. Compare this to the cost of arranging your own expedition in this part of the world, and you'll agree that this is a good deal. 

Dates: You should aim to be at Entebbe airport on the 26th May 2019 as early as practicable, and you will be collected and transferred at no cost from there. You will be taken back to Entebbe on the 2nd June. We strongly suggest that you book as late a flight as you can in order to avoid the dramas of African travel.

Activities: There will be opportunities to visit charity projects in the week prior to the event, with a chance of offering some support to local medical services. Race Day is the 1st June.

Food: The Uganda International Marathon usually offers the chance to buy your food there- cooked and prepared- for £40 for the week. In the past, every Exile Team has opted for this option, and never have we been disappointed. However, alternatively you would need to bring all of your food for the week, including snacks and food for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Cooking facilities will be boiling water or your own camp stoves if you bring one. There are limited opportunities to buy fuel though!

Accommodation: You will need to bring a tent to camp for the week. The weather in Uganda is variable, and it can be very windy and can rain heavily.

Communication: Mobile phone coverage is good in places, poor in others. We anticipate that the race will have satellite phones to contact the UK.

Flights: As this is a charity event Exiles will need to cover the cost of their own flights. You will need to buy your flights to Entebbe Airport and back again.

Visa: UK passport holders require a visa to enter Uganda. Please be aware that we do not know the potential impact of Brexit on travel as yet. Please check with your local Ugandan consulate prior to booking any travel that the requirements haven't changed for your particular passport.

Travel advice: See here for FCO advice on travel to Uganda

We need nurses, physiotherapists, medical students and doctors for this one. All can apply

Medical Students/ F1s ✔ Nurses ✔ Paramedics ✔ Physiotherapists ✔ Doctors ✔      Student/ F1 places: 2

Questions? Ask them here

It's worth it. Really.

Application Deadline is 8pm on 31st January 2019

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