Philip Kigen and Mercy Kwambai win the 24th edition of the Lewa marathon

The 24th edition of Lewa Safari marathon that brought runners from all over the world together to run through Lewa Wildlife Conservancy happened on Saturday 24th June 2023.

Set on the conservancy’s dirt roads the route took runners across Savannah plains, along river banks and through the acacia woodland to the finishing ends.

In this year’s full marathon race male’s category Philip Kigen finished first at 02:19:06 with John Mitei finishing second at 2:21:23 and Isaack Koech third clocking 02:22:37.

Mercy Kwambai crossed the finish line first with a time 02:48:35 hours while Zeddy Jerop followed closely with 02:52:54 Fridah Lodepa finishing third at 03;04:32 for the women’s category.

This is Kigen’s first win having participated in three main races before. The 37-year-old dedicated his win to his family.

Speaking after winning the female full race category Mercy Kwambai said that the win comes as a great achievement since she was almost giving up.

“The course was not easy, I was almost giving up at 10km stretch due to hilly and rocky routes but my focus to hit the finishing point this round kept me moving,” she said.

Addressing the media after completing his 5km race, Safaricom PLC CEO Peter Ndegwa said their target is to support sports in the country and educate on importance of conservation.

“Almost £9 million has been raised in the last 24years and has been used for frontline conservation, schools and healthcare initiatives in the communities around the conservation areas in the country,” he said.

The winner will walk away with KES 150, 000.

The event happens every year in June with runners of different age groups taking part in this popular adventure sports event.

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