RACE DATE - August 30, 2014; 7 a.m.
ORGANIZER - The race is under IAAF rules and is organized by Drumbeat, Ltd. and supported by the local community.
CHARITABLE OBJECTIVE - The Amazing Maasai Marathon & half-Marathon is an unique running event in the mountains of Maasai land in Laikipia. The event was created to raise scholarship funds to sponsor Maasai school girls through high school (US$400 per year/girl student x 4 years). All race proceeds and donations go to support the girls through The Amazing Maasai Girls Project, a US- registered non-profit organization.
Paul and Francis, Maasai warriors, were cast on tv show The Amazing Race, China Rush in the summer 2010, and soon became friends with fellow contestants the Ultra-Runners Molly Fitzpatrick & Sarah Edson. Together, they have founded THE AMAZING MAASAI MARATHON & HALF-MARATHON to raise funds to send Maasai girls from their community to secondary school. The Amazing Maasai Marathon is the story of friends from around the globe coming together in the name of girls' education in Maasai Kenya.
COURSE - The Maasai 42k & 21km races are held near the small Maasai town of Kimanjo, Laikipia - about 70km from Nanyuki (GPS Coordinates: 0',31'1.37"N, 37'1'1.08E). It is a remote area in the foothills of Mt Kenya, well off the beaten track. The journey out from Nanyuki takes 2-2.5 hours on untarmacked roads. For participants joining just for the weekend, you can download the driving instructions from here.
TEMPERATURE - During the dry season, temperatures fall into the high 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 low 80s by 11 a.m.
ENTRY FEE - Entry to the marathon and half-marathon is $150.00 per person.
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 15 minutes in order to continue on the marathon course.
NUMBER PICKUP - Numbers will be provided at the pasta party on the evening prior to the event.
AWARDS - Top five overall for males and females in both races. All finishers will receive a goody bag, medal and T-shirt.