The Kilimanjaro Marathon Goes ‘Green’ – and discounts for SA runners

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The 14th edition of the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon, Tigo Half Marathon, Gapco Wheelchair / Tricycle and Hand cycle 10km Event and Grand Malt Fun Run are all focusing on being GREEN this year!!

‘The events are held at the base of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest free standing mountain and we need to conserve and preserve this pristine environment in which we are privileged to run’
says John Addison, Race Director of the Event and MD of Travel Company Wild Frontiers.

The 2016 event will see the introduction of a partnership with Iko Eco, a social enterprise based in Moshi, Kilimanjaro. Iko Eco exist to reduce the reliance on harmful waste disposal techniques used in the Kilimanjaro region and provide a reliable and accessible alternative. They will deploy a network of collection services, such as buy-back centers, community drop-off points, and cyclist collectors, to ensure plastic is no longer burned, buried, or dumped in the streets.

Steven Levine, the Business Development Officer of Iko Eco says;
‘We believe community events produce a lot of plastic waste that will end up dumped or burned, leading to serious health and environmental consequences. By giving us the opportunity to collect all plastic waste produced at the Kilimanjaro Marathon and to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, you could make a significant impact in the community.’

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Planting of Indigenous Trees

Following an innovative email received by Wilfred Nyota on the Kilimanjaro Marathon Face Book page, who suggested that the organisers look at including an Indigenous Tree Planting Event along the marathon route, the race organizers have decided to do exactly that!
According to Wilfred, ‘the conditions in February, when the marathon takes place, will be suitable for early growth as it is the beginning of the rainy season’.
Being a previous Student of the events Home Ground Stadium at the Moshi Co-operative University, Nyota recognises the need to preserve the cool climatic conditions of the Kilimanjaro Region and provide a better ground for the marathon in the coming years, along with being able to provide shade around the perimeter of the Stadium for the 100’s of weary, tired, hot bodies post their run.
John Addison and the Organizers will start the initiative on the 20th January post the Kilimanjaro Marathon Moshi Launch, by planting a number of trees within the area / stadium etc . He would like to encourage all runners and sponsors to look at getting involved in this project, and a variety of options are being looked at locally . If you would like to
get involved in this amazing initiative please email : samantha@wildfrontiers.com

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The AIMS / IAAF magazine

Our international partners, the IAAF have recognised the Kilimarathon as a ‘feature Race’ for their April edition of their AIMS magazine ‘Distance Running’ which has a worldwide circulation of 1.2Million.
With the above in mind, the Race Organisers will be submitting a feature article that will include the events’ efforts in the Corporate Social Responsibility area, but they would also like an article from one of our participants to explain their experience of the event.
Addison would like to invite runners, who would be interested in writing about their experience this year, to submit to debbie@deepbluemedia.co.za. We are looking for participants in both the Marathon and half marathon please.

SA/ Namibia Participation Discounted Rate

Wild Frontiers would like to offer any SA and Namibian runners who book a PACKAGE though Wild Frontiers, a discount on the entry fees.
This would allow them to pay the same as East Africa Residents as the current Rate of Exchange has impacted forex payments for participants coming from these countries. Any interested participants need to contact Wild Frontiers directly to discuss the discounted rate on their entry fees. Note this is for package bookings only.
Contact : reservations@wildfrontiers.com