RUN WILD AT THE SAFARICOM MARATHON AT LEWA
The Safaricom marathon gives participants an opportunity to experience the Kenyan wild in a most unique way.
Come run wild at the Safaricom marathon at Lewa on the 29th June, 2013
What makes this marathon unique is that it is run within the Lewa
Wildlife Conservancy a protected game reserve located at an altitude of
5,500 feet above sea level.
This year’s Safaricom Marathon is expected to attract competitors from all
over the world.
The race, which is organized by Tusk Trust and Lewa Wildlife
Conservancy in conjunction with Safaricom, is in support of conservation and community
projects in the Lewa/Il Ngwesi area, in North Central Kenya, about four
hours drive and a 45 minute flight from the capital, Nairobi.
Rugged, fun and breathtaking it is an enticing experience which has
continued to inspire long distance runners and athletic fans alike.
Regarded as one of the extraordinary endurance marathons in the world,
runners of all abilities take part at Lewa; from walkers, to fun
runners, amateurs, to world renowned professionals.
Many athletes from around the world come to join in the race, both to
face this challenging wilderness race and for the chance to rub
shoulders with some of Kenya's incomparable long distance superstars.
The Lewa marathon is run on dirt roads, over a 42km route (21km for the
half-marathon), through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Its
picturesque setting makes the marathon all the more worthwhile.
Mount Kenya to the south and Samburu and Mount Lololokwe to the north,
this backdrop adds to the whole Lewa experience.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a protected, 55,000 acre wildlife
sanctuary and is home to over 80 rhino, herds of elephant and a vast
assortment of game, including the eland, zebra, giraffe, buffalo just
to name a few.
To enhance the safety of the event the course is watched over by a
large and experienced team of game rangers, with a helicopter and
spotter plane to ensure the safety of runners throughout the race.
Water stations and first aid points are situated every 2.5km, with
medical support provided by AMREF and the Red Cross.
The main purpose of the Safaricom Marathon at Lewa is to raise the much
needed funds for wildlife conservation and community projects in Kenya.
This joint community partnership between the Il Ngwesi community
tourism project and private ranch owners has created a sanctuary for
wildlife. The project breeds endangered rhinos and provides a safe haven and
habitat for species threatened by growing human populations in
The Lewa conservancy protects 6% of the country's
population of endangered Black Rhino, and 20% of the world's population
of rare Grevy's Zebra.
Lewa marathon entrants facilitate the conservation effort by
fundraising and seeking sponsorship for their participation, with the
funds going directly to the conservation projects, community
development, education and healthcare in northern Kenya.
Tusk Trust is the official NGO associated with the Safaricom Marathon
and has been instrumental in the organization and distribution of funds
raised by the event since 2000.