Some of the overseas runners who took part in the 2020 Rwamagana Marathon
The Rwamagana Challenge Marathon is fully accredited by the Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF) and the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Rwanda (MINISPOC).
It is run over a tough course, mainly on dirt tracks, with stunning scenery and massive local support along the route.
There are regular drink stops with bananas. The course is well marked and marshalled.
As well as a full marathon, there is also a half-marathon and a 7k run for fun.
Participants should be aware of the elevation and difficulty of the course and should train accordingly.
Fully comprehensive travel and medical insurance including emergency evacuation by land or air is a condition of entry. Participants should be over 18 years old.
The focus of the marathon each year is to support the Msaada cow project (www.msaada.org) airlifting high-yieding European dairy cows to Rwanda and allocating them one cow to one family. The recipients have been carefully chosen for their ability to care for the cow and its needs. Weekly checks are made by a vet to ensure animal welfare is maintained to a high standard.
The first female calf is passed to another family in need so the gift grows each year.