As you may know, two years ago my husband Christian was chosen by his company (BlackRock) to run the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya and climb Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341').
This is a fund raising effort for Tusk Trust, which is a U.K. based charity focused on conservation and education in Africa and is one that BlackRock works closely with.
Aside from the amazing pictures and stories of the trip, Christian came back talking about the impact BlackRock's fundraising had on the communities, the children, and the wildlife in the Samburu area of Kenya.
I believe the experience had a profound impact on Christian and he's remained involved with Tusk Trust and was chosen again to run the Safaricom Marathon this year followed by a climb of Mt Kenya (17,057'), this time as the team captain... and now he's convinced me to do it too!!!
So, on June 25th we'll depart for Nairobi, Kenya, make our way to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which is approximately 140 miles north of Nairobi, run the Safaricom Marathon on June 29th, and begin climbing Africa's second highest peak on July 1st, and hope to summit on July 3rd.
I am fairly certain my brief runs thru the Franklin Park Zoo for the Boston Half Marathon for the last two years were not sufficient training for what is to come. Regardless, I will be running thru the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, on a dirt jeep track, at 6,000 feet elevation, at an average of 95 degrees, on what Christian describes as a "mountainous course," amidst a plethora of wildlife...including rhinos, elephants, cape buffalo, hippo, and more importantly a pride of lions.
We'll get one night reprieve then begin our 3 day climb to the second highest peak in Africa... Mt Kenya (17,057'). Christian made me watch a movie called "The Ascent" in which an Italian solider escaped from a British prisoner-of-war camp and climbed Mt Kenya. I distinctly remember hearing something about more people dying on Mt Kenya than almost any other mountain...
But all jokes aside, this is for a truly great cause. BlackRock, Tusk Trust and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy have partnered towards a common goal to use wildlife conservation as a catalyst to alleviate poverty, reduce conflict, and improve education and livelihoods in rural areas rich in biodiversity.
BlackRock is in its 7th year of participating in the Safaricom Marathon and has raised close to $1million. These funds in particular have helped to build two new schools and two new water projects in the Samburu area of Kenya as well as aid in conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
We pay all our own expenses which allows 85% of all funds raised to be used in the field on projects. I'd be grateful if you'd consider supporting me by making a contribution.