Wildrun Africa’s Rwanda 2019 inaugural trip was an absolute treat – from start to finish. Owen, Chris and their team of four local Rwandan youngsters Jado, Olivier, Emanuel and Danny laid on a completely unique trail-running experience. The Rwanda Wildrun was a bucket-lister of note that exceeded all my expectations. Rwanda has a very tangible soul – she is powerful, positive, hopeful. As a country, she has drawn me in hook, line and sinker and I have fallen quite hopelessly in love.
Rwanda is truly remarkable. From the cleanliness, litter free streets to the warm and friendly people - you are left with a sense that the country works as one. Then you have the diversity of landscapes. When you first see the Volcanoes rising out of mist, clad in towering montane forests, it will take your breath away. Set foot in those forests, the smells, the sounds. Then Lake Kivu, edged by intricate bays and towering hills clad in rural fields and hard working Rwandans. Then Nyungwe Forest and the chance to run the largest, best preserved montane tropical forests in Africa, and not only that but the ridgeline that seperates the Congo and Nile river basins. It's experiences like this that gives reason to run!
Thank you for welcoming us on this outrageously incredible inaugural event. It was truly a privilege to get to know all of you better, to share the good and the better on the trails and to be part of what will become a legendary event. Owen, Chris, Olivier, Jado & team - wow! Maxine, Jen, Karoline, Filippo & Gavin - you are fierce! Very sad to leave - will be cheering you on from CT! XO