A Race in the Plains of Mara
The Kenya Airways Masai Mara Marathon is an annual event that takes place on the enchanting Nkilenya Plains of Lemek Conservancy.
Started in 2009, Kenya Airways Masai Mara Marathon raises funds for a number of social and conservation projects such as sanitation and food security. It began with 352 participants, and the number has risen to over 2,000 participants.
Athletes run in the sweeping plains that are home to wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, gazelles and the big five species. Kenya Airways Masai Mara Marathon has several categories. The 5km fun race targets individual runners and celebrities. The 5km local category is meant for athletes from Narok County while the 5km team run is for groups of 5 to 10 runners. Professional athletes participate in the 21km half marathon, which also has a local category for runners from Narok County. Participation fees vary for each category, and spectators have an entrance fee. All participants in the Masai Mara Marathon must be above 15 years old.
Accommodation is available for runners, spectators, guests and marathon officials. Runners and spectators can book a starlit night at the self-catering campsite while foreign participants and Kenyan residents can stay at the Mara River Lodge. Professional athletes get accommodation and meals at the athletes’ village while the invited guests enjoy exclusive accommodation in luxury tents. The Kenya Airways Masai Mara Marathon officials and volunteers stay in the village complex and locals from the county get meals at a designated camp during the marathon.