Run wild through Kenya in the annual Tusk Fund Safaricom Marathon. The race is held at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, who heavily guard and watch over the wildlife within 25,000 hectares of savannah plains, river banks and acacia woodland.
Safaricom is well-regarded for its physically demanding course (altitude is 1700 metres, the temperature is 30-35 degrees Celsius), and racers will likely spot wildlife while pacing out the course kilometres. Each entrant is also contributing to the hard work Tusk Fund puts into conserving Africa’s wildlife and supporting the local communities. Runners are required to raise over US$1400 prior to race day, as well as pay a US$150 entrance fee for either the half or full marathon legs. Since the first race in 2000, Tusk Fund has raised over US$4.9 million for wildlife conservation.
Regarded by Runner’s World as one of the world’s top 10 marathons, this is not the usual pavement pounding spectacle. The point of difference becomes immediately clear when a group of curious giraffes turn up to spectate alongside the usual crowds.
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