The 17th annual Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon will take place at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya on Saturday 25th June 2016. Organised by Tusk Trust and Lewa and supported by Safaricom, this fundraising event will host 1,200 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 walkers and amateurs, to professionals like Paul Tergat, the Kenyan former world record holder.
The event is run through some of East Africa’s most beautiful scenery. Mount Kenya lies to the south and there are breath-taking views north towards Samburu and Mount Ololokwe. The heavily protected 61,000 acre wildlife conservancy is home to over 100 rhino, herds of elephant and a vast assortment of plains game including zebra, giraffe, buffalo and much more.
There are three race categories; The Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Children's Race. The races start at 7.00 am at the southern end of the conservancy. The course is set on dirt roads that take the runners on an undulating 13 mile course through the reserve, across savannah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland before finishing close to Lewa’s headquarters.
Half Marathon runners complete 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 2.5 km 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 categories are awarded at a prize giving ceremony at 12.30 pm.
Rates and Fundraising
The impact of the event has been huge and the benefits are very tangible. Since its inception, the event has raised over $5 million - last year's race alone raised $640,000. 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. The Safaricom Marathon is unique and must not be viewed like the many City marathons held around the world.
This event has been established and organised by Tusk Trust as its own flagship fundraising initiative to support pre-defined conservation, education and community projects in Kenya. We therefore ask all prospective runners to note that by entering this event, they are required to raise funds for the Safaricom Marathon's existing beneficiaries. Unfortunately, Tusk is not in a position to accept entries from runners who wish to use this event to fundraise for other charities.
We ask each competitor to raise a minimum of £1,000 for the event beneficiaries over and above the cost of entering. Tusk is registered with Crowdrise and Virgin Money Giving, online charity fundraising websites which allow you to create a sponsorship form that your friends can easily access and donate knowing their money is going directly to this cause.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries. If you are running this year's race, we hope your training is going great.
Come run wild with us!