A full and half marathon is annually organized by the Tusk Trust and Kenya's Wildlife Conservancy. Because of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the event has been cancelled and in its place, on Saturday June 27th, a virtual run is being organized. The impact of the shutdown has been sudden and severe.
Lewa has pioneered community led conservation. They have helped recover Kenya's black rhino population from the brink of extinction and protect over 10% of the endangered Grevy's Zebra population. They are instrumental in educating local children, assist in providing water for drinking and irrigation and support agriculture, healthcare and infrastructure.
3 years ago , I traveled to Lewa and completed the full marathon. This year, that much older and less conditioned, I will do a virtual half.
These are difficult times and money is tight. However, if you are able, please consider supporting this cause. The economic mainstay of the region is tourism. Without international funds; programmes, habitat and wildlife are at risk. Rangers put their lives on the line to protect these endangered animals. With reduced or no pay, they risk the added danger of increased poaching pressure.
More information is at www.lewasafarimarathon.com. Go there also if you have an interest in entering the virtual event.