Run Wild and Conserve Wildlife: Join the 24th Lewa Safari Marathon
The Lewa Safari Marathon, now in its 24th year, is widely regarded as one of the most breathtaking races in the world, thanks to its challenging yet captivating terrain and the incredible wildlife experiences it offers. This event has been voted as one of the top ten races to run in your lifetime by Runner’s World and has become a must-do event for many people. However, as life on earth continues to face unprecedented threats, the Lewa Safari Marathon presents an opportunity to break free from the online world, reconnect with nature, and make a positive impact on the wildlife and communities of northern Kenya and beyond. This year, the marathon encourages participants to “Ditch the Desk” and connect with nature as they traverse savannah plains, river banks, and acacia woodlands.
The event has attracted runners of all abilities for over two decades, from professional athletes like Marathon World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge to amateur runners and walkers. Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s fastest marathon runner and Lewa Ambassador, believes that running together can help conserve the environment, empower communities, take care of wildlife, and support those working towards a future for all.
The marathon is headline sponsored by telecommunications giants Safaricom and Huawei and continues to be a force for good. Safaricom’s CEO, Peter Ndegwa, expressed his pride in being part of this noble cause that aims to create awareness and take action to conserve wildlife. Huawei’s Deputy CEO, Sheng Kaifu, shared his delight in supporting the Lewa Safari Marathon for the past 16 years, helping to preserve iconic species for future generations and surrounding communities.
The Lewa Safari Marathon is not just a personal challenge but also supports conservation projects across Kenya. The event has raised over $8 million dollars since its inception in 2000 in support of conservation and community initiatives throughout the country, with nearly $4 million invested in the direct protection of endangered species, wildlife, and their habitats.
The marathon will take place at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on 24th June. Registration opened online today, and any queries about the race can be directed to [email protected]. Reflecting on the event, Mike Watson, CEO of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, stated that taking part in the marathon is not only an opportunity to challenge oneself and connect with nature but also a way to make a positive impact on the communities and wildlife of northern Kenya and beyond.
As our planet faces unprecedented threats, it is essential to take action to protect our wildlife and their habitats. The Lewa Safari Marathon provides a unique opportunity for people to disconnect from their screens and connect with nature while supporting conservation and community initiatives in Kenya. By taking part in the marathon, every participant can play a huge role in helping local communities and raising awareness of the threats facing Africa’s incredible biodiversity.