Now in its eighth year, the marathon in Rwamagana, Eastern Province, has grown each year with more international runners taking part to become one of the premier African marathons. The support from Rwandan runners has been brilliant with the Rwandan marathon team taking part and the opportunity for new local talent to be spotted by the Rwandan Athletics Association encouraging many aspiring runners to take part.
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.
We encourage teams to participate in the half marathon (up to six competitors).
The course is challenging on dirt tracks but the stunning scenery and local support helps to ease the pain.
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