In Eastern Uganda, somewhere past Jinja and the source of the Nile, beyond the bustling towns of Iganga and Mbale and as you begin the climb onto Mount Elgon, more than the scenery changes. You move into a region where running is very much a way of life, an opportunity, a badge of honour.
The area of Uganda known as the ‘Land of Champions’.
As you continue climbing toward the famous Sipi Falls, you can now see the endless miles of plains far below, seemingly stretching forever. The oppressive heat disappears, the air becomes cooler and the landscape greener. Then, out of the corner of your eye, bright colours come into view that are distinctly out of place amongst the ploughed fields and plantation. A cluster of luminous yellows, pinks and oranges moving toward you. It's the runners, out in groups and making their way along the roadside, on their second run of the day, the easy afternoon run. From hereon in, unless you live here, it’s pretty much only runners, hikers and mountain bikers that venture any further upward.
Half an hour later, you reach your final destination. Sitting at just under 2000m altitude, Kapchorwa is a small town who’s centre is congregated along a few hundred metres of the main road before a series of smaller villages clinging to the hilly outskirts become miles of farmland and tiny rural communities. This ordinary farming town produces extraordinary athletes - Olympic, World and Commonwealth champions live amongst you.
Join us in East Africa's best kept secret, the running mecca that is Kapchorwa. Live and train alongside Ugandan champions, learn about Ugandan and Sebei culture and help us to deliver community sport in East Africa.