Join the 1,400 runners who take part in the Safaricom Marathon every year. Your part in this event will raise critical funds for conservation, community development and education programs that
Join the 1,400 runners who take part in the Safaricom Marathon every year. Your part in this event will raise critical funds for conservation, community development and education programs that are providing hope for the future of Africa’s wildlife.
Tusk’s Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon allow participants from all over the globe to compete in an internationally acclaimed event whilst running through one of Africa’s most breathtaking wildlife conservancies. Although regarded as one of the toughest marathons in the world, runners of all abilities take part — from walkers and amateurs to elite runners like Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning Kenyan Olympic Gold Medallist. As a result, this annual Tusk fundraising event has grown to become one of the country’s major sporting events and is regarded by Runner’s World as one of the world’s top ten “must do” marathons.
There are three race categories; The Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Children’s 5km Race.
The course is set on dirt roads that take the runners on a 13 mile route through the conservancy — across savannah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland. Half Marathon runners complete one loop of the course, Full Marathon runners, two.
The entry fee for the Full and Half Marathon is £200 . Your place will only be reserved once full entry fee payment has been received.
In addition, there is a minimum fundraising requirement of £1,500 per person.
The entry fee for the Kids 5km Race is £50 and for Spectators it is £100.
There is no fundraising requirement for children (or spectators), although we encourage everyone to do what they can to raise funds and awareness for the cause.
You must be 18 or older to enter the Full or Half Marathon.
There are two age categories for the Children’s 5km Race – 10 to 13 and 14 to 17 (inclusive).
Each runner will be given their running number at Race Registration at Lewa. Your running number and colour determines whether you are a full or half marathon runner as well as whether you are male or female.
Please ensure your number is fixed to the front of your shirt with the four safety pins provided. Please complete the medical/contact information on the back of your running number, as this will help the organisers in the event of an emergency.
Your running number is fitted with a chip timing device which will record your race time when you cross the mat at the finish line. Your chip is programmed to your running number and entry information.
Please be sure not to damage the chip when you fasten your running number to your shirt.
There will be frequent water stations on your race route (every 2.5km). An isotonic drink, as well as oranges and bananas will be provided at every water station for full and half marathon runners as well as at the finish.
There will be misting stations situated at water stations 4, 5 and 9.
The race is run on a game reserve and animals will be seen during the race. When running stay on the designated course and only use the official toilets if required. The course will be patrolled at all times and there will be armed rangers located around the course. A helicopter and Supercub light aircraft monitor the movements of the large species during the race.
Upon completion of the race, each runner is presented with a medal and goody bag. Prizes for race and age group categories, and corporate fundraising, are awarded at a prize giving ceremony at 12.30pm.
(Saturday) 6:00 am
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy