Lewa Marathon to be run virtually for the second year running


The annual Lewa Safari Marathon will for the second-year running be held virtually on June 26th owing to the corona virus pandemic.

The race which will be streamed live has no time limit. Participants will complete their distance any time throughout June, over days or weeks.

“The Lewa Safari Marathon is no longer just an event in people’s diary, but one that is in their hearts. It has become part of our culture. Now we are affected by the covid-19 pandemic. But people know that even though we are separated physically, we are still connected emotionally. The Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon is about continuing to transmit this culture of togetherness and inclusion in transforming lives,” said John Kinoti, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy’s Community Development Manager.

“The Lewa Safari Marathon brings together three things that we are very passionate about; Sports, Community and Conservation. We remain committed to supporting this cause through the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon because we have seen how it continues to transform lives and that speaks to the essence of our purpose. We have witnessed the difference it is making in wildlife conservation, education and health through working with the communities in and around the projects it supports,” said Sitoyo Lopokoyit, Chief Financial Services Officer, Safaricom.

Marathon world record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, the Marathon’s ambassador rallied   people’s participation  ahead of this year’s race.

“To me, a running world is a happy world,” said Eliud, “Last year, you joined me in a global running movement to support the guardians of wildlife and our natural heritage. This year, we have another opportunity to rally around my Kenyan brothers and sisters as they continue to feel the negative effects of the pandemic. Please join me on the 26th of June, wherever you are in the world, to run The Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon’’, Kipchoge said.

Registration for the marathon is ongoing via the race’s website www.lewasafarimarathon.co.ke.


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