The course is set on dirt roads over an undulating 13-mile course through some of East Africa’s most beautiful scenery, across savannah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland before finishing close to Lewa’s headquarters. Mount Kenya lies to the south and there are breathtaking views north towards Samburu and Mount Ololokwe.
The event offers the unforgettable experience of running alongside some of Africa’s most amazing wildlife, as the heavily protected 61,000 acre conservancy is home to over 100 rhino, herds of elephant, big cats, and a vast assortment of plains wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, the rare Grevy’s zebra and much more. The race begins in the early morning before the heat of the sun gets too much. The altitude (Lewa is at 5,550ft above sea level) adds to the challenge. The full marathon is two laps of the same course.
The entry fee is £200 per person, and each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £1,500 in sponsorship, with many going on to raise considerably more. All the funds raised are invested directly into Tusk’s projects in Kenya – including the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. As well as seeing Lewa’s incredible wildlife that their fundraising efforts help protect, runners get the chance to visit some of the other initatives supported by the marathon – such as local schools, water projects and health clinics – to witness firsthand the difference that the funds raised will make.
Following cancellation of 2020’s event, the 2021 Marathon will be eagerly anticipated. Registration will open in early 2021, but do contact the Tusk team if you would like more information before then, and follow the #LewaSafariMarathon on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for our latest updates and images.
Image courtesy of Bobby Neptune