Kenya Wildlife Marathon and Half-Marathon

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Edition 8

Lukenya, Kenya
01 Jun, 2024 (Sat)
Event size: 100 - 999 participants (Max 100 participants)

Trail running

5 km, 10 km, 21.097 km, 50 km

Price from
502 USD
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About the event

The Kenya Wildlife Marathon and Half-Marathon will take place on the 3nd of June, 2023, with a full entry fee price of $3995. This all-inclusive package includes the race, accommodation, meals, transportation, sightseeing, and game drives. The itinerary begins on the 1st of June and ends on the 8th of June. The course is a trail run with different distances 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and full marathon. Lukenya Sanctuary is the perfect backdrop for this marathon tradition, with hundreds of acres of grasslands, rocky hills and river-beds. It is teeming with various wildlife, and the reliably beautiful weather by the equator makes it an ideal location. Join us for an exciting new marathon tradition, combining the majesty of the ancient race with the beauty of Kenya's natural treasures.

Races offered by this event

You have 13 weeks to prepare

5 K

01 Jun, 2024 (Sat) - 08:00
Trail running
5 km
Solo
On site
Trail
Timed

Kenya Wildlife Marathon

01 Jun, 2024 (Sat) - 08:00
Trail running
50 km
Race size: 0 - 99 participants
Solo
On site
Trail
Timed

10 K

01 Jun, 2024 (Sat) - 08:00
Trail running
10 km
Solo
On site
Trail
Timed

Kenya Wildlife Half-Marathon

01 Jun, 2024 (Sat) - 08:00
Trail running
21.097 km
Race size: 0 - 99 participants
Solo
On site
Trail
Wildlife
Rural
Scenic
Nature

Course details

Course highlights

The 42 km course runs across diverse habitats and undulating landscape, crisscrossing through open plain grasslands and forest edge ascending to elevated rock outcrops and descending to woodland. Generally, the route consists of over 5km of single-tracks, and 15km of jeep tracks and 10km murram roads. The toughest section is from 12-15km, which is largely climbing. for most competitors, this run would feel like completing a full marathon on road. So, you cannot afford to be under-prepared. In a nut-shell, there are a few kilometers with loose rock surfaces, few kilometers of very narrow and uneven paths, hundreds of wildebeests/giraffes/zebras, a few hyenas, creek beds to cross, 3 tough climbs to conquer and wet-feet from creek crossing. The sanctuary holds incredible views from the hill tops.

Start address

Lukenya,ke

Finish address

Lukenya,ke

What’s included in entry

These are included in your entry
Finisher medal
Shuttle from Airport
Event T-shirts
Drink Stations
Toilets
Shuttle to Start Line
Pre-race meal
Post-race meal
Nutrition Stations
Medical Assistance

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Michelle Buczkowski

poorly organized, little support. The race was put on seperately for international travelers in October instead of the "real" race in May for the locals. We found out after we arrived that there were 11, yes ELEVEN, total participants. that included all distances. 5k 10k half and full.... The idea is fantastic, but the reality of the race did not live up to expectations. The 3 of us that signed up for the full marathon as part of out quest for 7 marathons on 7 continents ended up with DNF because without proper support, we were unprepared for the elements and unable to properly self support given the information that we had prior to the race. If you plan to participate in this race, plan to self support for hydration, nutrition and lack of shade 3 degrees aboce the equator.

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Interview: Kenya Wildlife Marathon

05 Mar, 2015 (Thu)

Credit : Kenya Wildlife Marathon Hello, on October 3rd 2015, you’ll be organizing the Kenya Wildlife Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located? The Kenya Wildlife Marathon 2015 will be held in the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya. Encompassing 280,000 acres of grasslands, rocky hills and riverbeds, the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a slice of natural paradise. Teeming with Zebras, Masai Lions, Elephants and more, humans remain the distinct minority at this veritably unspoiled reserve. Match this with the reliably beautiful weather Kenya enjoys in lying by the equator, and it becomes quite clear why we chose Taita Hills as the setting for our Safari Marathon. Join us as we launch a thrilling new Marathon tradition, combining the majesty of the ancient race with the beauty of Kenya’s natural treasures. §staticmap(20889,5,800,400) How old is the race and why was it created in the first place? The race will make its debut this year. It will be the first Kenya Wildlife Marathon and it was created due to several different but concurrently also interrelated reasons: - The Kenya Wildlife Marathon is a sound opportunity to bring runners from all around the globe together with local Kenyan athletes who usually do not have the funds to afford participation in international marathons, which is very sad because there are many very talented athletes amongst them. - The Kenya Wildlife Marathon gives athletes a unique opportunity to trail-run through a quaint wildlife reserve whose scenic beauty cannot be adequately described in words. - The Kenya Wildlife Marathon has been established in order to support the local Wildlife. Thus, the entire profit from the Marathon-entrance fee will be donated to the world famous David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. - The Kenya Wildlife Marathon will foster the local economy and support the country’s tourism industry. In this context, the medals will be all made by local artist as well as craftsmen and a close collaboration with Kenya’s tourism authorities has been established to ensure sustainable packages and resources used. Credit : Kenya Wildlife Marathon What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it? The 42 km course runs across diverse habitats and undulating landscape, crisscrossing through open plain grasslands and forest edge ascending to elevated rock outcrops and descending to woodland. The sanctuary holds incredible views from the hilltops of the expansive landscape that extends into Tanzania providing magnificent views of the Pare and Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania. Even the awesome snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen during the run. A medical recovery tent is set up at the start / finish, with St. John’s Ambulance providing support. Basic first aid is available at all water stations which are situated every 2.5km along the course. Alternative to the 42km, there will also be a half-marathon and a middle-distance run (5k to 10k). How many runners do you expect on Saturday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract? For this Saturday morning we expect not more than 100 runners since the location (game reserve) only allows a limited amount of people. Concerning the marathon’s target group it can be said that there are no actual limits. Offering a middle-distance run next to the marathon as well as half-marathon makes the Kenya Wildlife Marathon a great event for everyone who loves matchless sport and culture experiences. Generally saying, we are trying to attract all kinds of trail runners who are looking for scenic runs during which they can enjoy the beauty of Kenya’s nature. At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect? October’s in Kenya are usually quite warm. People can expect temperatures of 75 – 80° Fahrenheit and an average of 30% rain probability per day. Thus, it is going to be cushy and dry (most likely). Have you planned festivities around the marathon? Yes. Due to the fact that the Kenya Wildlife Marathon is not only going to give participants the opportunity to run a scenic running competition in a game reserve but also to experience Kenya’s incredible cultural and natural heritage. Here are some examples of planned festivities around the marathon: - Visitation to local villages and schools (cultural experience) - Pre-Race Pasta Dinner and briefing - Post-Race dinner and awards banquet where local Kenyan runners and volunteers are going to participate as well - Opportunities to chat and exchange training tips with professional Kenyan athletes - Numerous game drives are included into our packages - An introduction to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which will be given by one of the trust’s representatives and became part of the agenda in order to educate and establish a conversation about local wildlife. Credit : Kenya Wildlife Marathon The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to the Kenya Wildlife Marathon before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing, a must-do activity? I would definitely advise the runner to take a game drive to experience the country’s magnificent wildlife in its habitat. No zoo on this globe can keep up with an African game drive. Definitely a must-do activity! In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Kenya Wildlife Marathon? The Kenya Wildlife Marathon 2015: Unique scenery, unique location, unique athletes, unique wildlife-experiences – a truly unique and sustainable event for all types of people who are just as stoked for running as we are! Interview with Sue Rudolph. Sue is one of the main race organizers who discovered here personal zeal for running back in 1978 when she laced up her running shoes for the first time ever. She embodies an incredible dedication for sustainable and active travel and is not only a very experienced runner who completed legion international races but also a successful travel agent for more than 20 years.
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