ORGANIZER - The race is under IAAF rules and is sponsored by Safaricom as well as other Kenyan firms.
CHARITABLE OBJECTIVE - The object of the event is to raise funds for conservation work and other local projects in the Lewa area under the guidance of the London-based Tusk USA. All race entrants need to meet a minimum of $1,500 in donations to Tusk USA to participate in the Safaricom Marathon.
COURSE - The course was the first marathon event to run entirely within a game park, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The two-lap course of 21K each is on dirt roads with one big hill and four smaller ones. Mt. Kenya lies 20 miles to the South and there are breath-taking views north towards Samburu. The 62,000-acre sanctuary is home to some 125 rhino, herds of elephant and the world's largest single population of Grevy's zebra. Lions and cheetahs are seen frequently during game drives but not during the race. Leopards make their home at Lewa but are rarely seen. The course is patrolled by a spotter plane and helicopter as well as a large and experienced team of armed rangers. There are manned feeding stations every 5K and water stations every 2.5 K. The course is rated as one of the top ten toughest marathons to run.
TEMPERATURE - During the dry season, temperatures fall into the 40s and low 50s at night. Thus, at the 7 a.m. race start, it is a bit cool. The sun raises just before the start and temperatures rise into the 80s by 11 a.m.
ENTRY FEE - Each runner is required to raise pledges or charitable contributions of a minimum of $1500 USD which is donated to Tusk USA. The $1500 is entirely tax deductable. Donations can be made at www.crowdrise.com/marathontourstravel2015.
ELIGIBILITY - The tented camps are limited to the first 60 guests who book the packages.
TIME LIMIT - Marathon - 7 hours; Half-Marathon 7 hours. You must pass the half-way point of the marathon in 3 hours 10 minutes in order to continue on in the marathon course.
NUMBER PICKUP - Numbers will be provided at race check-in in Lewa.
AWARDS - Top six overall for males and females in both races. Top two in each age category: 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. All finishers will receive a goody bag, medal and T-shirt.
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