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KQ MASAI MARA MARATHON

 

Masai Mara Marathon is an annual sporting event taking place at the Lemek Conservancy in the Masai Mara Game Reserve a small distance away from the Fairmont Mara Safari Club in Kenya. The event whose theme is: “Let the Rivers Flow” has a primary purpose to raise funds to address food security, literacy, health and sanitation issues of the Masai communities living in conservancies within the area. The event is sanctioned by Athletics Kenya and is run under the IAAF Rules. It is the only other run within a wildlife sanctuary apart from the annual run in Lewa.

 

DATE & VENUE

The KQ Masai Mara Marathon will be held on Saturday 19th November 2011 at the Lemek Conservancy in Masai Mara Game Reserve.

 

LOCATION:

The venue of the event is Nkilenya Plains of Lemek Conservancy at the MasaiMara Game Reserve about 30 kilometers from the Ngorengore Junction and 60 Km from Mulot junction which are about midway between Narok and Bomet Towns on the main Nairobi – Narok Main Road.

 

EVENT ORGANIZATION

The event is organized by the Masai Mara Marathon Ltd in partnership with

KenyaAirways, the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Kenya and the Rotary Club of

Nairobi, among others.The inaugural Masai Mara Marathon took place in November 2009 when it attracted only 352 participants. The previous year (2010), the event attracted 850 participants. Given its recent prestigious status in the Kenya Athletics

Calendar because of the organization and the prize money awards it attracts, the event is growing in stature and expected that a large number of participants and spectators will turn up this year. Masai Mara National Reserve is a legend known all over the world not only as home to the famous “Big Five”, but also hosts the spectacular annual

wildebeest migration that has been named as the 7th wonder of the world.

The Mara River, originating from the Mau Escapement is one of the largest rivers in Africa flowing for about 395 km through Kenya and Tanzania and

draining into the Lake Victoria. The river also lies across the migration path of wildebeests crisscrossing into the Kenyan Masai Mara Reserve and the Tanzanian Serengeti Game Reserves. In both Kenya and Tanzania, the river is joined by 15 other smaller rivers and many tributaries and the river meanders further through open savannah grasslands that is mostly governed by Maasai group ranches and offering a livelihood by providing pasture for livestock and supports, besides forests and wildlife, both small scale agriculture, medium size farms and tea farms in the areas. Because the river feed into Lake Victoria, it is, therefore, functionally and ecologically related to the socio-economic

activities in Lake Victoria and along the River Nile.

 

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