28 February 2016
Gaze in awe at Mt Kilimanjaro, the snow-capped mountain that lies on the equator in Tanzania. Africa’s highest mountain (5895m) keeps a watchful eye on runners in the Kilimanjaro Marathon and dominates the landscape.
Each year the town of Moshi becomes the base for the Kilimanjaro Marathon, which also includes a Half Marathon and 5km fun run. Thankfully, the course has only a slight uphill rise and ‘Kili’ acts as a backdrop, rather than the main event as you run at the base of the mountain. You will enjoy amazing views as you make your way through villages, farms, forests, banana and coffee plantations, as the local residents provide support along the way.
The timing of the race couldn’t be better as the weather is stable, warm and sunny and the migration is in full flight and easily accessible. The Kilimanjaro Marathon fulfils the bucket list criteria combining a marathon with the opportunity to go on Safari in Africa or trek up the highest “walkable” mountain in the world.
In and Around
The marathon is based in the town of Moshi where you can explore the local markets, visit the mosques and enjoy the atmosphere of this bustling city. Moshi is the centre of one of the largest coffee growing regions in Tanzania but the real star here is Mt Kilimanjaro!
Kilimanjaro National Park is one of Tanzania’s most visited parks where visitors flock to admire one of Africa’s most magnificent sights. Many runners choose to trek Mt Kilimanjaro following the race, with regular departures planned immediately after the marathon. The Rongai Route approaches Kili from the north and retains a sense of untouched wilderness. The Machame Route is one of the most scenic routes up the mountain and a beautiful way to ascend the mountain. When doing treks, all supplies and camping equipment are transported up for you, so all you need do is concentrate on hiking and enjoying the vista.
Alternatively you might like to take a side trip to the Serengeti or Ndutu Wilderness camps and visit one of the last expanses of true wilderness left on the planet. See the big cats, herds of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, buffalo and antelope, to name a few.
Visit local villages where you can experience first- hand local craftsmen, conservation projects, the culture of the native people and gain knowledge of the cultural and historical features of the area. If photography is your interest, there is no shortage of sensational opportunities.
Travelling to Tanzania can be a long trip but worthwhile once you get there! The most convenient flights are via Nairobi with a quick hop onto Kilimanjaro Airport.
How to Enter
RunFun Travel is an Official Travel Partner for the Kilimanjaro Marathon and can assist with entry and accommodation packages, safaris and Mt Kilimanjaro treks. Online Entries are available via the event website.
About Run Fun Travel
RunFun Travel is owned and managed by Fran Seton with support from her husband Dave Cundy. The business specialises in bringing together Fran and Dave’s two passions of marathon running and travel. Having been involved in running and marathons for over 30 years, they have contacts all over the world. It’s these contacts that enable them to bring new events to runners and this is what sets RunFun Travel apart . As well as being part of the travel industry, they are part of the worldwide running industry.
They have organised, run in and worked with marathons around the world – they know what runners want from an event and, more importantly, they are well placed to deliver it. While you do the training, they will do the organising to ensure your running experience delivers when it counts.
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