Safaricom alongside Tusk Trust and Lewa conservancy have launched the Safaricom marathon in Lewa as this year’s edition seeks to raise awareness about the projects and communities that have so far benefited from funds raised through the marathon.
Safaricom’s Director for Strategy and innovation Mr.Joseph Ogutu in a press conference stated that the marathon has aided in environmental and wildlife conservancy.
He added that the run has also transformed thousands of lives through the funds raised.
“We continue to see thousands of lives transformed through the safaricom Lewa marathon. We remain committed to support this because we have seen the difference it’s making to wildlife conservancy and to the communities around the projects we support, “said Ogutu.
The annual event is meant to raise funds for wildlife conservation and community development. The run sees up to 1,400 runners from all over the globe participating each year.
So far over Ksh.420 million has been raised and the event has gained a reputation as one of the toughest marathon worldwide.
Lewa Conservancy C.E.O Mike Watson termed the marathon as a significant event that plays an important role in community development as well.
“The Safaricom marathon has played a significant role in transforming lives to higher standards in Kenyan communities. We are today enjoying the fruits of what began as a small idea around a campfire back in 1999,”Watson explained
Among the projects supported by the marathon include; Lewa conservancy, Northern Range lands Trust, Mt.Kenya Trust just to mention a few.
The funds also support community initiatives around education, healthcare, employment and economic empowerment in different geographies.
The beneficiaries span Central, Northern, Western, Rift Valley and Coastal regions.
The marathon will have three race categories: the 5km children’s fun run for 10-14 years and 15-17 years olds. The half marathon for individuals (21km), teams and corporates full marathon (42km) and is also open to individuals.
Registration starts on 2nd March 2017.The event’s entry forms are available for download on the Safaricom marathon website.
The entry fee for adult marathon is Ksh.15, 000 and Ksh.3,000 for the children’s race.