Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon: Race to Support Girls' Education in Kenya

Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon: Race to Support Girls' Education in Kenya

Proud finisher. Sophia Lin completes her first half-marathon

Running With the Maasai

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon, which will be held in Laikipia North on September 28th, 2013. Runners from across the world are set to gather again in the foothills of Mt. Kenya for this unique running challenge and to experience life in the African bush. 

 

"The run takes place in a very remote area, far off the tourist trails", explain race directors Sarah Edson and Molly Fitzpatrick. Vast African vistas are the backdrop and a very special Maasai community is your host – it is truly a week of cultural, personal, and environmental exploration. "Last year we had a wide range of participants, including a team from the British Army, a Canadian TV crew, and even a 13-year old running the marathon to raise money for cancer research. What makes the race so unique though, is the participation of the local runners, who have such natural talent - it’s incredible to witness them all in action," says Edson.

 

Making it look so easyA Week in the Remote Communities of Mt. Kenya

The race in the Laikipia North area is challenging, but rewarding. At an elevation of 1,800m, the course follows unsealed roads and paths in the bush terrain, with long hills, flat bush lands, and rolling countryside. Edson explains: "Since there is wildlife in the area, the course is patrolled by highly-experienced professional scouts, who track the animals and their movements and ensure the complete safety of our runners."

 

The 6-night race package option includes game drives, walking safaris, and traditional Maasai village tours and performances. Besides the 75km ultra marathon and the 42km marathon distance, runners and walkers can also sign-up for a 21km half marathon. Weekend packages are also available. Adventure-seeking runners can make use of the reduced early-bird race and travel prices on www.amazingmaasaiultra.org until May 1st. 

 

Fundraising for Maasai Girls' Education

All proceeds of the event are used to fund scholarships for local Maasai girls through the Amazing Maasai Girls Project, a non-profit US organization founded by the event organizers. “In the past two years, we have been able to raise $60,000 USD and are now financing 4-year high school scholarships for 30 bright girls who would not be able to afford school otherwise. We are aiming to continue our efforts this year, to give more girls a secondary education and empower them to be independent young women with their own voices”, outlines Molly Fitzpatrick.

 

For more information, please visit www.amazingmaasaiultra.org.

 

Photo credits: Paul Ark, amazingmaasaiultra.org

 

 

 

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