Equatorial Rwenzori Marathon in Kasese, Uganda
Will Ross, November 27, 2023
Those looking for the centre of the running world may find it midway through the Rwenzori Marathon course at the Equator in South-West Uganda. The 42km and 21km distances make the most of the rolling scenery of the Rwenzori Mountains and Queen Elizabeth National Park, combining a verdant backdrop with a race-ready course to attract elite and competitive runners from Eastern Africa.
The town of Kasese serves as race base at 1000m above-sea-level, 400km and a six-hour drive due west of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Routes vary with the marathon being an out-and-back along tarmac roads. The half-marathon heads in direction of Rwenzori range to the west of Kasese along mostly tarmac roads with some dirt (below). There is also a 5km fun run within the town itself.
In the 2023 edition, 145 finishers completed the marathon distance and 390 tackled the half-marathon succesfully. Men’s marathon winner Vitalis Kwemoi completed in 2:17:21, with Chemos Viola Munerya winning the women’s in 2:49:03. A sprint finish in the men’s half-marathon saw Abel Chebet take first place in 01:02:56 followed a second later by Somikwo Ben Chelimo. In the women’s half marathon, Dorcas Ajok finished in 1:16:24 with a competitive pack.
The race takes place on the first Saturday of September. For accommodation and travel advice, see the race website mtrwenzorimarathon.com