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Challenge yourself to run, trek or cycle whilst experiencing the life-changing work of Compassion during a week of unforgettable memories.

Go the extra mile in 2019 and join us in seeing extreme poverty eradicated in our lifetime.

Each Muskathlon is run in partnership with our friends at 4M Australia.

Challenge yourself to run, trek or cycle whilst experiencing the life-changing work of Compassion during a week of unforgettable memories.

Go the extra mile in 2019 and join us in seeing extreme poverty eradicated in our lifetime.

Each Muskathlon is run in partnership with our friends at 4M Australia.

Snapshot

Country

Uganda

Cost

$2250

(Plus flights)

Travel Dates

16 – 25 May, 2019

Compassion HQ

Kampala

Registrations Closed

28 January, 2019

Uganda Muskathlon

Welcome to East Africa, the home of distance running. Whether you walk, run or cycle, you’ll face the ultimate test in the hills of Uganda.

Take on the red-dirt tracks surrounded by lush greenery and get a boost from the cheers of locals who run nonchalantly by your side. It promises to be the best hill-training you’ll ever get—and one of the greatest experiences of your life. Keep one eye on the spectacular views that unfold as you crest each hill and draw breath for the descent; that vista is worth the sweat.

And don’t forget—each drop of blood or sweat, every tear is a reminder that your effort is not in vain. You’re making a difference in the lives of local children. So run on and don’t look back. You’ve got this!

“I came into the Muskathlon thinking it was for elite athletes and I was ok with that: I’ve done a bit. But I was so wrong! Whilst there were certainly some accomplished runners, the majority of participants were people who wanted to make a difference and were prepared to give it a go. For many, it was their first ever “race”! Even non-runners managed to get in shape enough to walk/jog the 21km. There is no excuse!”

Uganda Muskathlon

Welcome to East Africa, the home of distance running. Whether you walk, run or cycle, you’ll face the ultimate test in the hills of Uganda.

Take on the red-dirt tracks surrounded by lush greenery and get a boost from the cheers of locals who run nonchalantly by your side. It promises to be the best hill-training you’ll ever get—and one of the greatest experiences of your life. Keep one eye on the spectacular views that unfold as you crest each hill and draw breath for the descent; that vista is worth the sweat.

And don’t forget—each drop of blood or sweat, every tear is a reminder that your effort is not in vain. You’re making a difference in the lives of local children. So run on and don’t look back. You’ve got this!

“I came into the Muskathlon thinking it was for elite athletes and I was ok with that: I’ve done a bit. But I was so wrong! Whilst there were certainly some accomplished runners, the majority of participants were people who wanted to make a difference and were prepared to give it a go. For many, it was their first ever “race”! Even non-runners managed to get in shape enough to walk/jog the 21km. There is no excuse!”

Choose your own adventure

Trek

At 60km, this is no walk in the park—but you’ll receive plenty of encouragement from the friendly locals along the way.

Run

Half-, full- or ultra-marathon take your fancy? Choose which distance (21km, 42km or 63km) suits you best—and then hit the training track. You’ll feel like a warrior when you cross the finish line … because you’ll be one!

Cycle

Get your spandex—and your sweat!—on for this 120km epic. The gruelling climbs will be balanced by some moments of bliss as you coast downhill, but they’ll be brief. Speaking of briefs, don’t forget the Vaso … the last thing you need is chafe at the 80km mark.

Register your interest

Register your interest

Visit your sponsored child and see Compassion in action

As well as the promise of epic adventure, an athletic accomplishment to tell your grandkids about (one day), and the joy of travelling to a beautiful location, consider this: if you sponsor a child in Indonesia, you can visit them! And even if you don’t, you can still see Compassion in action—and the programs your fundraising efforts will go to support.

“There were 112 people who were prepared to sacrifice something of their own pride, energy, time and comfort, to be a part of God’s work through Compassion to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. My experience was that God more than repaid with His blessing anything I may have given up to participate.”

Fundraise for children living in poverty

Knowing the incredible impact one-to-one sponsorship has on children in poverty, we ask that you aim to find sponsors for 10 children. For every new sponsored child, your fundraising target will be reduced by $1,000. Your target starts at $10,000. That way, if you find sponsors for 10 children you’ve achieved your goal. If you find eight sponsors and $2,000 in donations then you’ve also reached the target!

We have plenty of advice and tips to help you along the way.

So, just one question remains: Are you in?

Visit your sponsored child and see Compassion in action

As well as the promise of epic adventure, an athletic accomplishment to tell your grandkids about (one day), and the joy of travelling to a beautiful location, consider this: if you sponsor a child in Indonesia, you can visit them! And even if you don’t, you can still see Compassion in action—and the programs your fundraising efforts will go to support.

“There were 112 people who were prepared to sacrifice something of their own pride, energy, time and comfort, to be a part of God’s work through Compassion to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. My experience was that God more than repaid with His blessing anything I may have given up to participate.”

Fundraise for children living in poverty

Knowing the incredible impact one-to-one sponsorship has on children in poverty, we ask that you aim to find sponsors for 10 children. For every new sponsored child, your fundraising target will be reduced by $1,000. Your target starts at $10,000. That way, if you find sponsors for 10 children you’ve achieved your goal. If you find eight sponsors and $2,000 in donations then you’ve also reached the target!

We have plenty of advice and tips to help you along the way.

So, just one question remains: Are you in?

Important Information

  • What’s included in the cost of a Muskathlon and what is not?

    Included:

    • Accommodation
    • Travel in country
    • Meals and drinks
    • Sports top
    • Event organisation

    Not included:

    • Your flights
    • Vaccinations
    • Visa
    • Travel insurance
    • Child protection check
    • Additional expenses of a personal nature
    • Costs associated with visiting your sponsored child
  • Can I pay for my Muskathlon trip in instalments?

    Trip costs can be paid in instalments or in one go; whichever suits you best. Our friends at 4M Australia will be in touch to make these arrangements once you have signed up to the Muskathlon.

  • What is the accommodation like in Uganda, where the Muskathlon is taking place?

    Given the sports nature of the trip, we aim to ensure that the hygiene and safety of the accommodation is to a high standard. The style of accommodation is likely to be hotels, guest houses or lodges. You will stay in twin rooms unless you would like to pay extra for a single room. Once a pre-scout has happened in the lead up to the trip, we will know the exact accommodation.

  • What if I don’t reach the Muskathlon fundraising target?

    There are no consequences for not reaching the fundraising target. We are confident that—as a team—we will be able to not only reach but exceed your target. There are lots of great ideas on how you can fundraise, so let’s get our heads together to plan the best way.

  • How much are the flights for Muskathlon and what’s the best way to book them?

    The cost of the flights will be determined by whether you would like to travel with the rest of the team or on your own. Either option is fine. If you wish to travel with the rest of the team, just let us know this is your preferred option. If you are booking your own travel, please check with us beforehand so we can let you know where and when you need to arrive.

  • The Muskathlon trip lasts a week; does this mean that the run, cycle or trek takes place over a week?

    Your epic run, cycle or trek takes place on a single day at the end of the week. This is very much a celebration and reward for all your hard work over the months leading up to the trip. All the local community come out to either take part or support you: cheering and dancing.

  • What is the Muskathlon itinerary?

    The exact itinerary will be confirmed once the scouting trip has taken place and all the details have been finalised. The scouting trip usually happens about six months prior to your departure and the day to day schedule will be communicated with you before you travel.

    Over the course of the week, you’ll experience the life-changing work of Compassion and meet the children you’ve generously supported through your sponsorship or fundraising. You’ll immerse yourself in the beautiful local culture and be welcomed into families’ homes with open arms. By the end of the week, your run, trek or cycle will be a response to all that you have seen; the Muskathlon Day is like nothing you’ve ever experienced in a normal race.

  • Can I visit my sponsored child while I am at Muskathlon?

    One of the unique aspects of an overseas Compassion Challenge is the opportunity to meet your sponsored child. If you sponsor a child in Uganda, we will do all we can to ensure you meet. This could be at a project visit day, a sports day or as an add-on before or after the trip. Please get in touch with us so we can ensure the best possible experience to suit you.

  • Will there be any advice on how I should train for Muskathlon?

    We advise you to take your training seriously, due to the distances and increased altitude involved in our trip. If you would like guidance on your training, please get in touch.

  • What vaccinations will I need for Muskathlon?

    We recommend you visit your General Practitioner (GP), or a travel doctor for a health check prior to travelling. Ask them about obtaining any relevant vaccinations for Uganda. The decision regarding vaccinations is between you and your doctor, but please be aware that Compassion Australia will not be held responsible for any illnesses that result from a decision not to be vaccinated.

    Please ensure you obtain and carry the appropriate documentation and clearances for to carry any medical equipment and prescription medicines required during Muskathlon.