Sunday 18 February 2018




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 ( ) 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.

Click here for more information about the Msaada Cow Project

Anyone taking part in this event agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions








The Rwanda Challenge marathon is a tough marathon, mainly on dirt tracks, with stunning scenery and massive local support along the route.

The marathon course is two laps of the half marathon course and there are regular drink stops with bananas. The course is well marked and marshalled.

Participants should be aware of the elevation and severity 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

A previous marathon participant had this to say:

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience! I had signed up for the full marathon but found a new respect for Rwandan hills and only completed the half marathon. Normally I would be dismayed by not reaching my preset goal but the experience today was fantastic. I have never before had such friendly and encouraging crowd support, such amazing views and an equally fantastic cause. It was a perfect morning!”

Anyone taking part in this event agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions

Doctors from Exile-Medics support team

Rangers from Akagera Game Park

Male and female participants in the 2015 Malcolm Bown Memorial Rwanda Challenge Marathon set

off on the challenging course

Some international runners at the finish

When the going gets tough .....


Tom finishing the half marathon