The registration for 2009 Lewa Marathon have officialy opened.
This year’s Lewa marathon will take place on Saturday June 27 at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Samburu District, Kenya
This is a marathon that is ideal to a marathon runner seeking adventure, something different from the norm of road running. It is held inside a wildlife park. I remember last year the start was delayed because a lion had encroached on the route, the stewards had to use an helicopter to send it back. Living up to the official Motto “Run Wild”
The deadline for registration will be on May 15, 2009.
Good Reason why you should register early
The entries are limited to minimise damage on the ecosystem. The marathon has a limit of 750 runners. The organisers have said entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis.
Events at Lewa Marathon
- Full marathon
- Half marathon
- Children fun run
Where you can register
For Overseas Runner Entry forms please visit the Tusk Trust website.
For those in Kenya visit Lewa Marathon website.
If you dont want to run but want to attend as a spectator you are also required to fill the spectator application form.
The local dailies here in Kenya have an interesting story,
“A British woman has been awarded a near US $ 1 million by a Kenyan court in compensation following an attack by an elephant. Mrs Wendy Martin, 48, was attacked eight years ago while jogging with friends at Ngwesi Group Ranch, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy”
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are the organizers of the World famous Lewa Marathon. A marathon held in a game park. I remember the start of the 2008 edition had to be delayed because a lion had strayed onto the route. Since the marathon begun no one has been injured during the marathon.
Eight years ago Mrs. Wendy was a guest at the lodge when she, her friends and a guide went for a morning run. The run turned tragic when an angry elephant confronted them, in the ensuing confusion the group scattered but Wendy was the unlucky one as she was cornered and pinned to the ground by the elephant. She was badly injured but survived for her day in court!!
In awarding the million bucks the High Court judge ruled “The plaintiff was a visitor at the lodge and was owed duty of care once inside the lodge. The defendants are liable, which liability is held 100%” The defendant intends to appeal the decision.