The 24th edition of Lewa Safari Marathon will be held on Saturday, June 24th, 2023 at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in partnership with Tusk, Safaricom PLC and Huawei Technologies.
In a launch ceremony held at Nairobi’s Sarova Stanley Hotel on Tuesday, participants are encouraged to register for the race commencing Wednesday, March 15th at 8:30am via lewasafarimarathon.co.ke.
Being one of the world’s most breath-taking races, Lewa Safari Marathon is notorious for its challenging yet captivating terrain and incredible wildlife experience.
This year’s Lewa Safari Marathon participants are encouraged to ‘Ditch the Desk’ and connect with nature instead as they follow a route across savanah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland.
For almost two decades, the annual event has hosted runners of all abilities from elite professionals like marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, to amateur runners and walkers alike.
The world’s fastest marathoner and Lewa Ambassador Eliud Kipchoge said; “To me, a running world is a happy world. We are all part of the human family and we must keep strong and stay fit for our wellbeing. By running together, we can also conserve our environment, empower our communities, take care of our wildlife and support those at Lewa working for a future for us all.”
Safaricom and Huawei collectively pumped a whopping KES20 million into the race with each company coughing KES10 million as major partners.
“We are proud to be part of this noble cause as we run to create awareness and take action to conserve our wildlife. We have been part of Lewa Safari Marathon’s journey of success since its inception in 2000. Today, we are proud to extend our partnership as we support the event for KES10 million. The event means a lot to us as a company because we aim yo support the growth and development of sports talents , while conserving the country’s environment and wildlife,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC.
Sheng Kaifu, Deputy CEO, Huawei said; Huawei is delighted to have supported the Lewa Safari Marathon for the past 16 years. The conservancy is home to some of the rarest wildlife and we know through our support and that of Safaricom, a difference has been made in preserving these iconic species for future generations as well as the surrounding communities.”
Reflecting on the achievements of the event, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy CEO, Mike Watson said; ” As we face unprecedented threats to our planet, it is essential that we take action to protect our wildlife and their habitats. The Lewa Safari Marathon is not only an opportunity to challenge yourself and connect with mature, but it is also a way to make a positive impact on the communities and wildlife of Northern Kenya and beyond. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity to disconnect from our screens and connect with nature on June 24th , in Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife conservancy.”
Since its inception in 2000, the race has raised over $80 million in support of conservation and community initiatives throughout Kenya. Nearly $4 million have been invested in the direct protection of endangered species , other wildlife and their habitats.- Advertisement -