Best long distance runners come from Africa and I don’t doubt that at all. Kilimanjaro works as a perfect high altitude training place and after that when you are in a safari just looking at the wild animals, their perfect physic, running technique, muscles, and speed. You are so filled up by the inspiration that you want to just start running.
Less than a week to go for the Kenya Safari Full Marathon.
I want to make the best possible run there. The track is challenging, the air in Savannah is cold in the morning and as soon as the sun rises it will be hot. Also, the wildlife will bring its own excitement to the game. Maybe the time will be better if you are chased by a lion.
Choosing clothes will play a big role here. They need to be the best there is and just right for these circumstances.
I have been testing now different clothes before the race and tried to find the best possible combination. Heat makes the choice of the clothes really hard also the mosquitos, wild animals, sun and humidity.
Your running clothes, especially long distances, can’t be uncomfortable or cause any abrasion so running with tights would be the best choice. Only thing is that in this heat I would like to run with shorts. Also because of the heat, I would like to choose the thin and sleeveless top. But the sun is burning hot, so a t-shirt or maybe even a long sleeve thin jacket could be a safer choice to avoid sunburns.
My choice is to start the race in this white and thin running jacket. It’s perfectly lightweight and protects from the sun and keeps me warm in the morning but it’s not heavy or hot.
These green tights are one of my favorites. They are so thin and for that reason perfect to the Safari. High rise pelvis and feels like a second skin. Feels like you are wearing…Nothing at all.
I was thinking that the t-shirt is better because of the sun, but there is a risk of abrasion so I think I will go with a top.
In Safari or Savanna colors play an important role as well. Of course, every runner wants to look good but bright and neon colors are not recommended. When you run among the wild animals some of them might be scared or even attack you because of the coloring of your gear. That’s why I’m choosing natural colors for this race green and white.
I’m really waiting for the race to start. I feel joy when I see all the runners and of course, we are also running for a good cause which doubles the joy as well. A couple of days to train and then we will see how the marathon will roll out in these conditions.
Tusk Safaricom Marathon:
The course is set on dirt roads that take the runners on a route through the conservancy – across savannah plains, along river banks, and through acacia woodland. Half Marathon runners complete one loop of the course (21.1km / 13 miles), Full Marathon runners, two (42.2km / 26 miles).
The race is run on a game reserve and animals will be seen during the race. When running stay on the designated course and only use the official toilets if required. The course will be patrolled at all times and there will be armed rangers located around the course. A helicopter and Supercub light aircraft monitor the movements of the large species during the race.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, based at the foothills of Mount Kenya, works as a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. We do this through the protection and management of species, the initiation, and support of community conservation and development programs, and the education of neighboring areas in the value of wildlife.
For the last three decades, our practices have resulted in thriving black rhino habitat and population, which in turn has created a robust ecosystem for a multitude of species including the endangered Grevy’s zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and more. We envision a future where people across Kenya value, protect and benefit from wildlife. This future depends on communities being able to derive their day-to-day livelihoods in ways that are compatible with thriving wildlife habitat. As a result, we invest heavily in the livelihoods of our neighbors through programs in education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise, youth empowerment and more.
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Next blog will be from the race itself so stay tuned.