Safaricom marathon nets record funds


NAIROBI, Kenya, March 5 – Last year’s edition of the Safaricom marathon raised a record Sh37 million, the event organizers announced on Thursday night at the official launch of the 2010 edition.
“We are pleased to have surpassed our fundraising target for last year. I would like to thank our sponsors, runners, the media and everyone involved in the marathon for the support and enthusiasm towards the event,” said Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.

“The funds raised from the Safaricom Marathon are invested in a wide range of projects benefiting sustainable development, education, healthcare and wildlife,” said Tusk Trust CEO Charlie Mayhew.

“Our aim is to balance the needs of rural communities with the objective of preserving kenya’s unique natural heritage for future generations,” he added.

This year’s event will take place on June 26 at the 62,000 acre Lewa Conservancy in Samburu District.

Athletes and corporate teams will be able to register for the marathon from March 5 through to May 14th.

Former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat and Olympic silver medalist Catherine Ndereba will spearhead a group of elite runners in the marathon famously known for its rough terrain and punishing weather conditions.

The marathon has raised Sh150 million aimed at supporting needy projects across Kenya.

A thousand runners participated in the last marathon, the highest number ever.