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These images show the start of the 2020 Malcolm Bown Memorial Rwamagana Challenge Marathon and half marathon, and some of the participants in event.

The last photo shows Paul Falco on the course during his 103rd marathon. Paul said the course for this event was the toughest he had encountered.

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Now in its 11th year, the marathon in Rwamagana has grown to become one of Africa's premier running events. Participants have come from all over the world, including from the USA, Ireland, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Japan, China, Australia, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.

It is fully accredited by the Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF) and the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Rwanda (MINISPOC).

Run for Fun

The community fun run for young people and older people started in 2016 and proved to be a big hit with the locals in Rwamagana.

The event was the brainchild of the Rwamagana District authorities and is a way to involve all of the community in a healthy and sporting activity which is of benefit to everyone.

This has developed into a major community activity involving thousands of runners.

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