Running in the Wild.

Lewa Downs Marathon - Lewa Downs, a private ranch and rhino conservation area, hosts an annual marathon through the property. This race is run over a bush course that winds its way across open plains, through forest and hills.The race is a charity fund-raiser set up to raise money for the conservation of wildlife, in particular rhinos. The event attracts many international competitors, and is open to both professional and amateur runners.

The Lewa marathon is a race with a difference, often watched form the roadside by many of the species it has been set up to protect.What makes this marathon unique is that it is run within a Wildlife Conservancy a protected game reserve located at an altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level. Rugged, fun and breathtaking it is an enticing experience which has continued to inspire long distance runners and athletic fans alike. Regarded as one of the extraordinary endurance marathons in the world, runners of all abilities take part at Lewa; from walkers, to fun runners, amateurs, to world renowned professionals.

The marathon is run on dirt roads, over a 42km route (21km for the half-marathon), through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Its picturesque setting makes the marathon all the more worthwhile. With Mount Kenya to the south and Samburu and Mount Lololokwe to the north, this backdrop adds to the whole Lewa experience.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a protected, 55,000 acre wildlife sanctuary and is home to over 80 rhino, herds of elephant and a vast assortment of game, including the eland, zebra, giraffe, buffalo just to name a few.

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