On June 30, several Ephs are coming together to join more than 1,000 runners from 20 countries to celebrate and support the great work that The Nature Conservancy and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are leading in the Northern Rangelands Region of Kenya.
They will test themselves against age (all but one), altitude, and the African sun. At an average altitude of 5,500 feet, the challenging dirt course undulates through terrain shared with elephants, antelopes, cheetahs and lions.
Lewa is at the center of an effort to marry wildlife conservation and community-based economic and social development across millions of acres of ecologically sensitive land in central Kenya. In its core area of 48,000 acres, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has rebuilt a threatened black rhino population and improved the ecosystem on which more than 70 mammals and over 400 species of birds rely. It has also created jobs in wildlife protection and ecotourism, generated income to support primary and secondary schools, and established clinics that are the primary delivery system for health care services.
Under the leadership of CEO Mark Tercek ‘79, The Nature Conservancy has been a valuable strategic partner for work both within and beyond Lewa’s boundaries. Since 2004, TNC and Lewa have assisted several other conservancies that, collectively, manage 2 million acres of community-owned land across the Northern Rangelands region.
The race – now in its 13th year – gives greater visibility to the pioneering work that is underway at Lewa and in the wider region on large-scale landscape management.
It’s also a fundraiser.
Since the first event in 2000, the race has raised over $2 million. Proceeds are used to support wildlife conservation projects, schools, clinics, and job-creating microenterprises. Runners are offered the option of a half or full marathon.
It seems that most of the Eph crew – their better years behind them – will be on the half-marathon track … but one never knows!
We would be grateful for a contribution of any amount that you might be moved to make to this great work in Kenya. It will spur us on as we labor across a spectacular landscape.
Some middle-aged guys will do almost anything to ignore the cruel march of time! Wish us well.
See the team members on the left of this page.
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