Eliud Kipchoge gets behind Lewa Safari Virtual Marathon

Olympic marathon champion is supporting the run held in aid of conservation in Kenya

Eliud Kipchoge at the Lewa Safari Virtual Marathon

by Trail Running |

Pic: Eliud Kipchoge (middle) is an ambassador for the Sewa Safari Virtual Marathon (Credit: Jeff Waweru)

World marathon record-holder Eliud Kipchoge has lent his support to the Lewa Safari Marathon, which will be run virtually on June 26,

The Kenyan event, in which runners usually share the trails with zebra, lions, elephants and giraffes, has raised millions of pounds to fund wildlife conservation and community development in Kenya over the last 21 years.

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be virtual for the second year in succession. Runners can opt for 5km, 10km, 21km or 42km. Entry is free but participants are encouraged to donate whatever they can.

Held in conjunction with conservation charity Tusk, Kenya's 2016 Olympic marathon champion Kipchoge is an ambassador and is reported to be running the event this summer.

He said: “To me, a running world is a happy world. Last year, you joined me in a global running movement to support the guardians of wildlife and our natural heritage. This year, we have another opportunity to rally around my Kenyan brothers and sisters as they continue to feel the negative effects of the pandemic. Please join me on the 26th of June, wherever you are in the world, to run The Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon."

Last year the event was supported by Tusk's royal patron, HRH Duke of Cambridge, who said: “This is not a race. There is no stopwatch. This is our way of showing Africa’s conservation community that we’re all in this together.”

Lewa Safari Marathon

Lewa Safari Marathon (Credit: Jeff Waweru)

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