The 2020 edition of the Lewa Safari Marathon has been cancelled amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s edition, powered by Huawei and Safaricom PLC was slated for 27th June 2020 allowing participants from all over the globe to compete whilst running through one of Africa’s most breath-taking conservancies.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy CEO Mr. Mike Watson said despite their great willingness to push on, having weighed all factors, they have come to the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s race.
A significant number of the marathoners, whose contributions are key to the success of the event, are overseas runners from the UK and the USA. In light of the new travel restrictions and severity of situation, they will be unable to participate.
Mr. Charlie Mayhew Tusk CEO shared, “The importance of the Lewa Safari Marathon to Tusk’s operations in Kenya cannot be overstated. It is our flagship fundraising initiative and undoubtedly a highlight of the Tusk calendar for the hundreds of international runners we host every year at the event. This event regularly generates over $500,000 (sh50,000,000) for numerous conservation, education and community projects across Kenya, so its cancellation this year is a massive blow”.
He added that despite this, the safety of runners, supporters and local communities amid this global crisis is paramount. “We will return next year, stronger than ever, and meanwhile we are committed to continue supporting our partner projects as best we can.”
Additionally, holding such a highly competitive event to its usual standards may impose a financial strain on the event’s co-sponsors who in this tough business climate will struggle to support the event as they have done before.
The event organisers will offer the participants the chance to defer their entries, as well as claim full or partial refunds. The cancellation policy can be accessed in full here: https://www.lewasafarimarathon.co.ke/cancellation-policy/. Participants can contact email@example.com or call +254 717 117 223 in case of any further questions.
For the past twenty years, the marathon, held on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, co-organised by Tusk and title sponsored by Safaricom PLC has become a permanent fixture in Kenya’s sporting calendar, with 1,400 local and international runners actively participating in what has been termed one of the most challenging and exciting races globally. Runners of all abilities have taken part – from elite professionals like Marathon World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge to amateur runners and walkers.
Over and above its identity as a sporting event, the marathon has also been a vehicle for the advancement of education, healthcare and conservation efforts in Kenya, raising close to sh800,000,000 for these causes since the year 2000.