The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) were yesterday supporting the 17th Tusk Safaricom Marathon at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
This was BATUK’s 15th year of partnership with the race which promotes both physical fitness and conservation in the region.
Tusk’s Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon allows participants from all over the globe to compete in an internationally acclaimed event whilst running through one of Africa’s most breathtaking wildlife conservancies.
Along with a team of 53 runners raising money and awareness for Tusk Trust, BATUK was an official supporter providing tents, Volunteers, the 1/2 way water stop and logistical support.
Running at over 5,500ft across a UNESCO world heritage site, in up to 30˚c heat, the competitors are surrounded by the wild animals they are running to protect!
Although regarded as one of the toughest marathons in the world, runners of all abilities take part; from walkers and amateurs to professionals like Paul Tergat, the Kenyan former world record holder.
As a result, the event has grown to become one of the country’s major sporting events and is regarded by Runner’s World as one of the world’s top ten “must do” marathons.