The 15th annual Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon took place on Lewa on Saturday, 28th June 2014. Organised by Tusk and supported by Safaricom, this fundraising event hosted 1,000 runners from over 20 different countries. The Safaricom Marathon is regarded as one of the toughest marathons in the world. However, runners of all abilities take part, from fun runners, walkers and amateurs, to professionals like Paul Tergat the Kenyan international and former world record holder.
Philemon Baaru won this year's race making history as the first man to win the full marathon three years in a row. Fridah Lodepa finished first in the women's race, retaining her title and making history as well.
Nathan Mathenge won the men’s Half Marathon after clocking 1:05:14, only two seconds ahead of Robert Mbithi while Patrick Kithinji came in third.
In the women’s category, Eunice Mwendwa dominated the race with a time of 1:15:46, followed by Lucy Karimi and Peredis Lekapana.
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There are two race categories: The Full Marathon, which is an individual event, and the Half Marathon, a team event, to which a minimum of five and a maximum of ten runners can enter per team. Entrants must be 18 years of age and over. Both races start at 7.15am at the southern end of the conservancy. The course is set on dirt roads that take the runners on an undulating 21km course through the reserve, across savannah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland before finishing close to Lewa’s headquarters.
Each Half Marathon runner completes one loop of the course, Full Marathon runners, two. The route is watched over by a large and experienced team of armed rangers, with two helicopters and a spotter plane in the air throughout the race. Water stations and first aid points are situated every 2.5km along the course. Medical support at the finish is provided by AMREF - the flying doctors, the Kenya Red Cross and local hospitals. On completion of the race each runner is presented with a medal and goody bag. Prizes for race and age group category are awarded at a prize giving ceremony at 12.30pm.
There are two age categories for the Children’s 5km Race - 10 to 13 years and 14 to 17 years inclusive. Both races start at the same time and are run on the same route. There is a limit of 150 entries per age category.
The impact of the event has been huge and the benefits are very tangible. Since its inception the event has raised over $4.2 million. Tusk and Lewa have always shared a common goal to use wildlife conservation as a catalyst to alleviate poverty, reduce conflict, and improve education and livelihoods in rural areas rich in biodiversity.
Entry is strictly limited to 1,000 runners. Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis and will only be accepted with a signed disclaimer, completed entry form and full entry fee payment. Proof of medical insurance is required.
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