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The Lewa Safari Marathon, now in its 24th year, recently saw thousands of runners participating in a stunning display of support for African-driven conservation.

The marathon route takes participants through the picturesque landscapes of the conservancy, including vast savannahs, lush forests, and rolling hills. Runners get the opportunity to witness Africa’s iconic wildlife, such as elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and zebras, in their natural habitat. This unique aspect of the race sets it apart from other marathons worldwide, making it a truly unforgettable experience for participants.

Mercy Kwambai one of the winners of the 24th Edition of the Lewa Safari Marathon

Due to its challenging nature and incredible setting, the Lewa Safari Marathon has been recognised by Runner’s World as one of the top ten races to run in a lifetime. The race attracts both professional runners and amateur enthusiasts from around the globe, all coming together to support African-driven conservation initiatives.

The fundraising event supports wildlife conservation, education programmes, healthcare initiatives, and community development projects in Kenya as demonstrated below.

Reflecting on the event, Mike Watson, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy CEO, said, “We have reached the finish line of yet another incredible Lewa Safari Marathon, and I am overwhelmed with pride and gratitude. The event was a resounding success, bringing together runners, supporters, and partners from around the world in a united commitment to wildlife conservation and community development. Witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication of each participant as they ran through the breathtaking landscapes of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was truly inspiring. Together, we have not only raised awareness but also funds that will directly contribute to our conservation efforts and empower local communities. I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved, from the runners and volunteers to our generous sponsors and partners. It is through our collective action and unwavering passion that we can continue to protect and preserve the extraordinary biodiversity of Lewa and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.”

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