Tusk Celebrates the 24th Lewa Safari Marathon

Thousands of runners from across the world joined us at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy today for the 24th annual Lewa Safari Marathon. Coordinated by Tusk and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and in partnership with Safaricom and Huawei, the world-renowned event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in support of wildlife and community conservation across Kenya.

Aerial view of Lewa marathon runners Africa

Thousands of runners have taken part in one of the world’s most breath-taking marathons at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in a huge show of support for African-driven conservation.

Now in its 24th year, the Lewa Safari Marathon is one of the world’s most breath-taking races, notorious for its challenging yet captivating terrain and incredible wildlife experiences. Voted by Runner’s World as one of the top ten races to run in your life, the Marathon is an event on countless bucket lists.

John Mitei won the men’s marathon, crossing the finish line in 2:21:23. Mercy Kwambai was the first women across the line in an impressive 02:48:35. Half-marathon winners were Nelson Rono and Beatrice Cheburet with times of 01:05:32 and 01:16:15 respectively.  

A Race With a Difference

Life on earth continues to face unprecedented threats, and as we increasingly retreat into lives lived online, the Lewa Safari Marathon is an opportunity to make a change. Break free, run wild, breathe nature and make a positive impact on the wildlife and communities of northern Kenya and beyond. This year participants were encouraged to ‘Ditch the Desk’ and connect with nature. The thousands of runners followed a route across savannah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland.

The annual event has hosted runners of all abilities for almost two and a half decades, from elite professionals like Marathon World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge, to amateur runners and walkers alike.

The World’s fastest marathon runner and Lewa Ambassador, Eliud Kipchoge said; “To me, a running world is a happy world. We are all part of the human family and we must keep strong and stay fit for our wellbeing. By running together, we can also conserve our environment, empower our communities, take care of our wildlife and support those at Lewa working for a future for us all

Headline sponsored by telecommunication giants Safaricom and Huawei, the Marathon continues to be a force for good.

The Lewa Safari Marathon is not just a personal challenge. This unique event has supported conservation projects across Kenya for over 20 years. By taking part, every single participant plays a huge role in helping local communities and raising awareness of the threats facing Africa’s incredible biodiversity.

Reflecting on this years race, Charlie Mayhew OBE, CEO of Tusk said; “We are amazed each year at the sheer determination and resilience of the runners who take on the Lewa Safari Marathon Challenge. Not only are they completing an extraordinary personal achievement, but there are also making a huge difference to communities and wildlife in Kenya. We thank each and every one of them.” 

Since its inception in 2000 the race has raised over $8 million dollars in support of conservation and community initiatives throughout Kenya. Nearly $4 million dollars have been invested in the direct protection of endangered species, other wildlife and their habitats.  

Provisional results for the Lewa Safari Marathon 2023 can be found here.


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