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“If you have the desire to run in Africa, the Safaricom Marathon will not disappoint.”

– Alison Mango, Runners World

About the Race

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 21km 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 Ksh. 20,000. Your place will only be reserved once full entry fee payment has been received.

The entry fee for the Kids 5km race is Ksh. 3,000.

To celebrate the 20th edition of the Safaricom Marathon, we invite each participant to support our $1 Million fundraising target by raising a minimum of Ksh. 10,000 towards the projects we work with. We have fantastic prizes in store for our biggest supporters including a 1 week holiday for the top fundraiser!

Email [email protected] for further information.

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 – 14 and 15 – 17 (inclusive).

Each runner will be given their bib upon arrival at Lewa. Your bib number and color 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 your 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 bib 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.

Runners who switch their bib with another person will automatically be disqualified.

Please note that the change of runner deadline is the 20th of May, 2019.

The transfer system is for transferring your own place to another runner wishing to do the same race as you. You can’t transfer your place to another race.

Your place in the event will be automatically withdrawn once you transfer your entry to a new runner.

Any runner changes after the deadline will require a payment of Ksh. 5,000.

There will be no change of runners on the day of the event.

For the safety of all our runners, no transfers are allowed between races.

There will be frequent water stations on your race route (every 2.5km).

A bottle of Highlands mineral water and Lucozade energy 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.

Water stations and first aid points are situated every 2.5km around the course. Each water station is equipped with basic first aid to help with minor medical complaints such as blisters. There will be a member of the red cross based at each water station.

A helicopter is on standby to collect any runner who needs urgent medical attention and to take them to the AMREF tent at the finish. Should anyone require further medical treatment, fully equipped planes are on standby evacuation to Nairobi. We highly recommend that you you purchase AMREF medical insurance cover during registration if you do not have any prior medical or evacuation insurance cover. Without prior cover, emergency medical evacuation can cost over $4000, which must be paid BEFORE treatment or flight. In an emergency, if there are issues with payment, this can be life threatening. You can purchase AMREF medical evacuation cover for the event at just Ksh. 1,500 on the online registration form.

There is a Recovery Tent located at the finish for basic medical treatment (and massage) which is available for all runners. The recovery tent is manned by doctors, medics and physiotherapists

There will be a Red Cross ambulance situated in the finish area as well as three ambulances around the course.

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 are awarded at a prize giving ceremony at 12.30pm.

Course Map and Full & Half Terrain Profiles

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Run the route on Google Street View