Organisers announce date for Lewa Marathon virtual race


Philemon Mbaaru races to his sixth Safaricom Lewa Marathon title. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
Philemon Mbaaru races to his sixth Safaricom Lewa Marathon title. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • The event held virtually for the first time last year raised over Ksh20 million geared towards wildlife conservation, community development, education and healthcare services across the country
  • Last year’s event attracted over 1000 participants drawn from 20 countries led by the world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge and former half marathon world record holder Geoffrey Kamworor

For the second year running the annual Lewa Safari Marathon will be held virtually on June 26 due to Covid-19.

The event held virtually for the first time last year raised over Ksh20 million geared towards wildlife conservation, community development, education and healthcare services across the country.

Last year’s event attracted over 1000 participants drawn from 20 countries led by the world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge and former half marathon world record holder Geoffrey Kamworor.

Mike Watson, the CEO of Lewa Conservancy said they expect to raise more funds at this year’s event.

“We were hoping to return to our normal marathon this year but it was not possible due to the pandemic. We however wish to urge the members of the public to register online for the event and run wherever they will be. We hope that people will also sign up this year and help us raise more funds to support the wildlife and community surrounding Lewa,” said Watson.

The event will once again be sponsored by telecommunications giants Safaricom and Huaweii.

“The Lewa Safari Marathon brings together three things that we are very passionate about as a company; Sports, Community and Conservation. We remain committed to supporting this cause through the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon because we have seen how it continues to transform lives and that speaks to the essence of our purpose. We have witnessed the difference it is making in wildlife conservation, education and health through working with the communities in and around the projects it supports,” said Sitoyo Lopokoyit, Chief Financial Services Officer, Safaricom.

Participants are invited to register online to run or walk either 5km, 10km, 21km or even 42km.

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