SAFARICOM MARATHON & HALF-MARATHON
June 29, 2013
Fulfill every runner's fantasy of running through an African game park amidst wild animals on the open plain. We are pleased to offer our 9th trip to Kenya for the Safaricom Marathon and Half-Marathon on June 29, 2013. Our trip in 2012 was another huge success. We are limited to 70 travelers on the basic itinerary and 60 guests at Governor's Camp since our chartered planes have seat limitations.
The event was conceived in 1999 by Tusk Trust, a London-based charitable organization dedicated toward preserving wildlife in its natural habitat. The event, the only marathon run in a game park, is run on dirt roads within the 62,000 acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The two-looped course offers some of Kenya's most beautiful scenery with Mount Kenya lying 20 miles to the south and Samburu National Park and Mt. Lololokwe to the north. Click here for a video on YouTube.
Lewa is home to over 125 black and white rhino, herds of elephant and a vast assortment of plains game including oryx, eland, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and more. Lion, leopard and cheetah also can be seen. There were 8 rhino born in Lewa in 2011 which you will enjoy viewing.
The course is patrolled by a spotter plane and helicopter as well as a large and experienced team of armed rangers to avoid any confrontations with the four-legged residents. There are manned aid stations every 5K and water stations every 2-1/2K. The local Masai and Samburu communities will not only run alongside visitors but will also entertain participants during race day.
We are pleased to announce that we will spend two nights at the newly-renovated Aberdare Country Club.
Extended stays are available for further excursions to Masai Mara, or perhaps, a Kilimanjaro climb in Tanzania. How about gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda? We had nine guests experience this unique adventure in 2012. They were astounded!
This trip is very limited due to the accessibility of the area and the limited accommodations. Some fund raising on behalf of Tusk, long-term conservation partner to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, is requested. Runners are asked to raise pledges to be distributed among various core projects in Kenya, including Lewa itself. The entry fee to the Safaricom Marathon is a $1,500 charitable donation.