WIN A SAFARI FOR 2 TO KENYA
September 21, 2016
BENEFITING: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
ORGANIZER: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
For the 8th year running, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust will be fielding a team of dedicated supporters and conservationists for the upcoming 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.
Luca was born in Italy, and with his family has been a part of Africa since 1969. With his father, he toured Africa on many sporting safaris. Luca divided his youth between Italy and Kenya. He has a degree in economics and wrote his thesis on “Sustainable Development and Environment Conservation: Wildlife as a Natural Resource in Kenya”. Following this, he had a successful career as managing director of a financial consulting firm. However, he never forgot his dreams of Africa, and stayed involved in wildlife conservation in Kenya. This led to the creation of Campi ya Kanzi. Luca speaks fluent English, Italian and Kiswahili. He is an adamant conservationist and founder of Campi ya Kanzi (1996) and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (2000).
Parashi is an avid runner, and has also been working with Luca since Campi ya Kanzi's inception. Parashi is a beloved guide that guests can't help but gravitate towards due to his humble and kind demeanor. He's aso known for his great sense of humor. Parashi is also Campi ya Kanzi's assistant camp manager but loves to guide guests through the Chyulu Hills whenever he gets the chance to. This will be his second visit to NYC prior to his first race in 2009 and he is very much thrilled to be participating again this year!!
John is a Maasai junior warrior from the Irmoielian Manyatta of Kuku Group Ranch in Southern Kenya, belonging to the age set named Iltuati. Placing in a very competitive second position in the 5000 meter race in the 2014 Maasai Olympics, John was awarded the opportunity to travel to New York to participate in the New York marathon alongside two other Maasai from the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem! Raised by a single father in Maasai land, John has always demonstrated tremendous perseverance, alongside a competitive nature. This attitude has led him to successfully complete his high school education, not often easily accomplished, with major ambitions to pursue University Education to become a teacher. John is not only passionate about running very long distances, but is keen to continue to share knowledge through teaching to his community, specifically focusing on the importance of Kenyan history, and environmental conservation! John greatly looks forward to travelling to New York to compete amongst some of the greatest athletes!
David is passionate in athletics particularly long distance races. He started running while at primary school and was one of the best athletes at Impiron. In 2014, he participated in the Maasai Olympics (MO) event organized by Big Life Foundation (BLF) and emerged the winner in the 5,000 meters race finals. This year, he won the 5,000 meters race during the regional competition (between Mbirikani and Rombo group ranches), and therefore qualifies to compete in the 2016 MO finals. He is continuously practising and is very optimistic that he will win in the 5,000 meters race in the MO 2016 finals.
Because of his outstanding performance in the Maasai Olympics, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) - a conservation partner of BLF - offered to sponsor him to participate in this year’s New York Marathon! He can't wait to run with some of the best athletes.