20 Years of Running Wild

“No human is limited.” These wise words from the greatest marathoner of all time, and friend of Lewa Eliud Kipchoge, certainly resonate with the majority of those who participate in our race every year.

For the past 20 years, at least 20,000 runners from over 30 nationalities have convened to run wild across Lewa’s rugged terrain. The course has remained largely the same, the winners have shifted over the years, but the enthusiasm for the event has not waned. After opening up registration for the event, entries were filled within 2 hours!

Race day was exciting, eventful and gruelling. It was fun and challenging, for both the runners and organisers Lewa and Tusk Trust. The highlight of the day was having the First Lady of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, build the excitement for the race by joining children as they run the 5 km race. Later on, Her Excellency had the opportunity to visit some of Lewa’s projects that benefit from marathon funding. Her speech during the prize giving ceremony applauded the runners and organisers while emphasising the value of protecting Kenya’s wildlife and the natural world.

Asante sana to the Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for flagging off the race alongside Meru County’s governor Kiraitu Murungi and our Kenya board chair Michael Joseph.

More than just a marathon:

Congratulations to the 2019 winners!

Full marathon female – Emma Kiruki

Full marathon male – Duncan Kipkurui

Half marathon female – Miriam Nakitari

Half marathon male – Morris Munene

To see more of the results, CLICK HERE.

Asante Safaricom

It’s been an incredible journey between Lewa, Tusk and Safaricom. As Safaricom say goodbye to 20 years of being the marathon’s title sponsor, we cannot help but reminisce the progress we’ve made together.

Thanks to this invaluable partnership, we have raised 750m for conservation and community development. We have created a world-renowned, highly popular marathon, and put Kenyan conservation and athletics on the global map.

Asante sana to the incredible Safaricom team for the two decades of support, and we look forward to maintaining the friendship and partnership through other shared programmes.

Impact over the years

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