In June 2000, 180 runners took off into the wild during the inaugural Safaricom Marathon held on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The event raised just over Ksh. 5,000,000.
Every year since the event has grown consistently. To date, the annual marathon, which is organised by Lewa and partner Tusk Trust and supported by Safaricom, has raised over Ksh. 650,000,000. Proceeds from the marathon have enabled the provision of education to over thousands of children; equipped eight medical facilities and supported community development projects which benefited over 50,000 people in the region.
Further afield, grants have been disbursed to more than 30 community conservancies and dozens of projects in Northern Kenya, the Coast and Rift Valley resulting in sustained growth in the population of endangered species such as the black rhino, Grevy’s zebra, mountain bongo and green turtle.