Lewa Safari Marathon 2023 Edition: Ditch the Desk

Lewa Safari Marathon 2023 Edition is back to its traditional ways in that Up to 1,400 individuals will take part in this year’s Lewa Safari Marathon.


Covid-19 led to the changes after restrictions were imposed forcing organisers to adhere to the new safety measures including reducing the number of participants from 1,400 to 1,200.

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Lewa Safari Marathon is powered by Huawei Technologies Kenya and Safaricom PLC.

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The event is scheduled to take place on June 24 at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Meru County, as revealed by Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Chief executive officer Mike Watson, on Tuesday.

Registration for the event known as  “Ditch the Desk, run in the Wild” will be on a first-come-first-serve basis and begins at 8.30 am on Wednesday, March 15.

 Mike Watson explanation

“This year’s event will be bigger and better considering that it will be held in-person and not last year when it was staged in-person and virtually. The pandemic has eased and people are keen to get out and back to nature,”

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Safaricom PLC gave out a cheque of Ksh 10 million with Huawei Technologies Kenya handing a cheque of Ksh 13 million, all this went down during the media and sponsorship launch at the Sarova Stanley.

In last year’s event, Ksh 31.2 million was raised after the 2020-2021 pandemic held virtually this is according to Watson.

An estimated amount of Ksh 65 million is eyed from this event this is according to organisers.

 Registration is as follows:

  • Ksh 2, 000 per participant at 42kilometre (full marathon) and 21km (half marathon)
  • Children’s 5km race will attract a reduced from Ksh 3,500 – Ksh 3,000 each.
  • Participants registering as a group of 10 for the wildlife conservation fund drive event and community service, will have a discount of Ksh 2,000 each.

All the advantages go directly to conservation efforts at Lewa Conservancy and Community empowerment projects.

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa recounted that since its inception in 2000, over $9 million has been raised for wildlife conservation and community projects.

Read Ndegwa’s statement:

“This is not about money, but what the noble course stands for. The event means a lot to us as a company because we aim to support the growth and development of sports talents, while conserving the country’s environment and wildlife…”

Huawei Technologies Kenya deputy chief executive officer, Sheng Kaifu said that environmental sustainability is a key pillar of Huawei’s sustainability strategy:

“Huawei is delighted to have supported the Lewa Safari Marathon for the past 16 years. The conservancy is home to some of the rarest wildlife and we know through our support and that of Safaricom, a difference has been made in preserving these iconic species for future generations as well as the surrounding communities.”

The World’s fastest marathon runner and Lewa Ambassador, Eliud Kipchoge said:

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 “To me, a running world is a happy world. We are all part of the human family and we must keep strong and stay fit for our wellbeing. By running together, we can also conserve our environment, empower our communities, take care of our wildlife and support those at Lewa working for a future for us all.”


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