Kenya has a rich history of sporting legends, and her prowess at track, field and marathon events lives on with past sporting greats like Kipchoge Keino, Joseph Ngugi, Moses Tanui, and current ones such as Paul Tergat, Tecla Lorupe and Catherine Ndereba, among others.
Track and field events in Kenya are mainly held at the national sports stadiums, including:
Moi International Sports Center- Kasarani;
Nairobi City Stadium;
There are several associations that coordinate the track and field events held all over the country.
The Lewa Marathon was established in 2000 with the aim of raising funds for conservation and community projects in and around Northern Kenya. It is held at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Runners from all over the world are invited to enter for the race, which has a reputation for being one of the ten toughest marathons in the world. Run at an average altitude of 1,650 m, it is unique in being the only race of its kind run within a game reserve.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Given Mombasa’s reputation as a tourist destination, the race serves an important role in attracting and promoting sports tourism. The sea-level altitude is a key attraction that makes this event one of the world’s elite marathon competitions. It takes place in the month of May.
This event is organized by the Standard Chartered Bank as part of its community assistance programmes. The inaugural Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon was held in November 2003. It has since become an annual event. The basic idea behind the marathon is to provide Kenya, one of the superpowers of world athletics, with a world-class marathon of its own.
Kericho Tea Run
The Tea Board of Kenya has upgraded its marathon, first organized in 2010, to a full international event of 42 km. It is an exceptional experience where participants run through the well manicured plantations in the west of the Rift Valley.