RACE DATE: Saturday, August 10, 2019
RACE TIME: 7:00 AM
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, and 10K is a unique running event in the mountains of Maasai land in Laikipia. The event was created to raise scholarship funds to sponsor Maasai girls from the community to secondary school. Fundraising and donations made by our runners, plus a portion of race entry proceeds goes direct to student school fees through the The Amazing Maasai Girls Project, a US- registered non-profit organization.
We welcome you to raise money for this very worthy cause. Our 2019 goal is $10,000, which was the amount raised by our 2018 participants! To donate or setup your own page, please go here. We appreciate everyone's efforts in helping to educate girls!
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 close to three (3) hours on unmarked roads. The course is quite hilly and is on dirt roads, paths, and trails. It's a great off-road race for the adventure traveler!
ELEVATION: The lowest point on the course is 6000 feet above sea level and the highest point is 6300 feet above sea level. Earlier in the week, you will be at Aberdare Country Club, which is approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. Many feel acclimated to the elevation upon arriving at the race site.
TEMPURATURE: During the dry season, temperatures fall into the 50s at night. Thus, at the 7:00 AM race start, it is a bit cool. The sun raises just before the start and temperatures rise into the low 80s by 11:00 AM.
ENTRY FEE: Entry to the marathon and half-marathon is $150.00 per person. The 10K is $90.
ELIGIBILITY: Accommodations are limited to the first 70 guests who book the packages.
TIME LIMIT: The course time limit for the Marathon is 7 hours. The same applies for the half-marathon. You must pass the half-way point of the marathon in three (3) hours in order to continue on the marathon course.
NUMBER PICKUP: Numbers will be provided at the race briefing the evening before the event or will be picked up on way to the tented camp-site.
AWARDS: Top three overall for males and females in both races. Prize money is only for runners who live in the community. Each runner will receive a medal and T-shirt.
RUNNING SHOES: Although not mandatory, you may consider training and bringing trail shoes for the race. The trail is raked, but you will still come across rocks and potentially thorns. Regular running shoes are worn by the majority of participants.
DIFFICULTY: High altitude, challenging hilly course, trail run in a remote area.