Running marathons are never an easy to do. The Safaricom Lewa Marathon is not an exception either. The full marathon stretches at 42km and half marathon at 21Km. The Marathon happens at Lewa conservancy, in the park with the animals!!
The idea of running with the animals is both intriguing and frightening , but trust me it’s worth it! You may end up ‘running for your life’ 🤣🤣🤣 instead of ‘Running or wildlife’. With such reasons, Safaricom Lewa Marathon was ranked as the 3rd hardest race worldwide on red bull.com . The running under the dessert heat is simply no joke.
Since inception, the race has been covered by over 13000 runners. The marathon has grown from a comparatively small event to one of the toughest races and a must-do for marathon enthusiasts raising over KES 675 million since inception. The year 2018, counted as the 19th Edition of the Safaricom Lewa Marathon.
Nearly 1400 men,women and children participanted in this years Safaricom Marathon at the Lewa Conservacy. The races were flagged off by Her Excellency the First Lady of Kenya, Margret Kenyatta flanked by Nicholas Ng’anga, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Safaricom.
The race track wasn’t easy but the runners were determined and focused to finish the race. The race saw participants from all walks of life. The oldest runner Mr. John Ruengo at 88years was present.
Kot was well represented by Gathoni and Aleckie . Yes they both finished the race. Of course Gathoni finished first, 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Such an inspiration to life. Aleckie made it too 3hours, later, hehe not bad for his ambition. 😜 Waiting for his participation in the Beijing Marathon.
The official win went to the defending champion Philemon Baaru who retained his title as he won the men’s 42 KM Safaricom Marathon in a time of 2:22:21 for a record sixth time. Jane Ngima finished first in the women’s 42 KM in a time of 2:51:36 followed by Esther Macharia at 2:53:41. Mary Mwaniki came in a distant third finishing at 3:29:31.
Philemon Mbaaru expressed his gratitude for his win. He reiterated the race wasn’t easy but his advantage came from his training ground which is similar to the Lewa Conservcy terrain . He was very glad to have clinched his sixth title in the Safaricom Marathon. In the men’s 42 KM race, Peter Wahome came in second clocking 2:22:33 while Silus Mutari was third with 2:23:23.
Munene Moris won the 21 KM men’s category at 1:05:39 followed by Kiprono Kipkemboi at 1:06:07 and Kimutai Sylus following closely at third position in a time of 1:06:23. Mary Ng’endo clinched the women’s title in the 21 KM race at 1:15:14 beating the defending champion, Lepekana Lodepa who finished second at 1:16:34. Esther Wangoi was third at 1:20:01.
Funds raised by the marathon are geared towards wildlife conservation and development initiatives among them; Lewa Conservancy, Northern Rangelands Trust, Mt. Kenya Trust, Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, Space for Giants, Koiyaki Guide School, Olare Orok Conservation Trust, Lamu Marine Conservation Trust, Watamu Turtle Watch, Bongo Surveillance Project, Kibodo Trust, Tsavo Trust, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Big Life Foundation and Borana Conservancy