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June 28 date for Lewa Marathon


Lewa-Marathon-cutNAIROBI, Kenya, February 25 -The 15th Safaricom Lewa Marathon will run on June 28 at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy organisers, who are targetting over 1,200 entries announced Tuesday.

Race Director Sarah Watson, added registration is open with no changes to the course that has been used in previous editions.

“We expect to have a lot of entries before deadline which is March 21, but we are targeting a maximum of 1200 both local and international because we want to work with a manageable number.

“Last year we collected Sh 36.8m (USD 425,000) and this year we target to raise Sh50m (USD 578,169) that will go towards, educational programmes infrastructure and healthcare in the vast region of Laikipia County,” Watson said.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, who unveiled a renewed three-year deal for the event worth Sh1m (USD 127,197.2) encouraged people to participate at the event terming it as a social event and not a contest.

“This is a charitable event, we intend to raise more funds this year and change the Lewa community through running. Athletics Kenya rules will be relaxed that’s why participation fee is high compared to other marathons. The prize money is equal both for the full and half marathon.

“To date we have invested over Sh336m (USD3,885,295.7)  to the event that has seen boosted the economic empowerment by enabling setting up of 26 wildlife conservancies that are run by members of the community around Lewa,” the Safaricom boss stated.

Winners of both 42km and 21km races will pocket Sh150, 000 (USD 1, 734.5)) apiece.