Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 5 895 metres, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain, and the highest free standing mountain in the world. “Kili” as she is affectionately known, is one of those iconic sights every person should see at least once in their lifetime.
Every year, since 2003, at the end of February/beginning March, a standard 42.2 km marathon, 21.1 km half marathon and 5 km fun run are held in the town of Moshi, in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. 2022 was our ‘20th Anniversary’ of this event, and moving into 2023 we plan to have an even more exciting weekend lined up with our incredible sponsors by our side. This AIMS registered race has been set up to promote the sport in Tanzania, and has the official backing of the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association and World Athletics.
The atmosphere in Moshi over ‘race weekend’ is electric. Moshi is jam-packed with people who have trained up for their favourite race distance – motivated to come and ‘strut their stuff’. There is so much energy throughout the town of Moshi – with people coming from around the world to enjoy this unique event. There are plenty of places to explore – and lots of restaurants and pubs offering a full range of foods – from local fare to fantastic Indian, Italian and English menus. Lively pubs – and typically our sponsors lining up some incredible live music and parties around the event. There are a good number of hotels in the area, but book early as they get filled up over race weekend.
Entering Kilimanjaro Marathon
There are three distances to choose from, a full (42km), half (21km) and fun run. Kili Marathon has some sections of uphill – so make sure you are trained up and ready for your chosen distance.
Entries to be done on line.
Please refer to our FAQ section (frequently asked questions) if this is your first Kili Marathon.
The three races all take place in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. All races are marshalled, with traffic control and there is plenty of support from the water tables and the local supporters on the way.
Sunday morning arrives and the excitement around the event is enormous, with locals coming out bright and early to support the athletes. The event finishes in the MoCu stadium, in Moshi – with music, food and lots of Kili lager available.
Travel and The Event
Book your hotel or travel package early – as Moshi gets very busy over the whole weekend. It is recommended that you are fully Covid-vaccinated and take self-precautions in busy public places. Masks are no longer compulsory, but we continue to recommend you sanitise/wash hands regularly.
Certificate of Appreciation
Follow the Pdf below to view the Letter of Appreciation that we received from the United Republic of Tanzania’s Ministry of Culture, Arts & Sports, in recognition of our outstanding contribution toward the Tanzanian community from 20 years of hosting successful marathons in the Kilimanjaro region.
Partnering with the World’s Highest Marathon
E.P. Global Events Limited of Gibraltar and Wild Frontiers have team up to provide a double endurance event. Back to back this means that you have the opportunity to participate in the “World’s Highest Marathon” on Kilimanjaro, then run in and around Moshi at the foothills of the mountain in the “Kilimanjaro Marathon”.
As a World’s Highest Marathon participant, you have the opportunity to attempt the seven Guinness World Records: Highest Altitude Skyrunning, Highest Altitude Vertical Kilometre, Highest Altitude Skyrunning Marathon, Highest Altitude Skyrunning Ultra Marathon, Highest Altitude Trail Marathon, Highest Altitude Trail Ultra Marathon and the World’s Highest Marathon in February 2023. Following this, you’ll have one day’s rest before participating in the Kilimanjaro Marathon at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Moshi – Tanzania.