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Shompole Wildlife Marathon is a trail running event held in the vast wilderness between two of the worlds largest trona lakes in Kenya, East Africa

Shompole Wildlife Marathon will include a 30km, 20km and 10km race routes in the stunning trails and tracks of one of the world's most abundant natural environments. This unique marathon is already established as one of Kenya's finest trail marathons taking in fully marked trail single track, game lands and featuring salt lake spa running. The event is held in the Shompole Wildlife Conservancy which is a protected area inhabited by wildlife such as wildbeests, zebras, hyenas, antelopes, thompson gazelles, girrafes, ostriches and a variety of birdlife. Lions, elephants, cheetahs and other carnivores are restricted to a protected corner of the conservancy well off the marathon route. The race starts at 6:15am and would normally end at 10 - 11am. Being on a Sunday, we encourage all runners and their families/supporters to arrive on Saturday and stay overnight in one of the three campsites provided. Proceeds for the event goes towards supporting Beyond Athletics; which is a Non Profit that uses the power of sports to develop and support talented children from Kenyan slums to become responsible young adults and successful career sports men and women.


Generally, the route consists of over miles of salt-lake running and dirt trails. The end of the run is fairly easier. You run on top of the ridge between lakes Magadi and Natron, which provides us with a wonderful view out over the lake's plateau and the adjacent Oldonyo Lokie and Oldonyo Sabuk Mountains.

Things You Should Know

Race Registration & Packet Pickup:

All participants are required to have registered for the event well-beforehand through the online registration on RunAfrica.Com. Most race numbers will be shipped to the participants before 15th march 2018. In case you wouldn't have received your number for one reason or the other please come and collect from Packet Pickup at RUNNERSPOINT tent at the start on 18th march 2018. In the case of someone else fetching your race registration pack, please give this person your confirmation printout.

Seeding & Entry Requirements:

As mentioned before, this event is not for beginners, and you are required to be able to complete a half-marathon to enter. It is probably the equivalent of running 35km on an even tarmac road. We may not be able to verify who has and who hasn't done a half marathon but this is not the kind of event you'd want to come for wen under-prepared. There are only 150 spaces available for the 30km Trail-running event so be sure to sign up early to avoid disappointment.

The Early Start:

The event starts at 6:00am on Sunday 18th march 2018 from Oloika Township. All participants are required to be at the start from 5.45am. Runners who are late may not be allowed to start the race. Please be sure to book your accommodation either at the Chui race village next to the start or at one of the 4 self-catering campsites offered by the local communities. The furthest of the self-catering campsite if 3.5km from the start and will be offered to the last entrants to register. If you are staying at Oloisijo Lodge or Magadi township which are about 14km and 20km away, respectively, from the start be sure to start early your journey to the start to make it in time. It is entirely the responsibility of the participant to be at the start line in time.

Water Stations & Medical Aid:

There will be water station every 4km throughout the course. You will also get fruits and energy drinks after at the last two aid stations before the finish line. There will be first aid stations at each water station and mobile medical units on the course. In case of serious medical cases, the participant may be transferred to a hospital in Nairobi at their own cost. All participants are required to provide any medical insurance information during sign-up process.

Results, Awards & Feedback:

Your feedback is important to us - after the race please send feedback to Final results are made available on the website soon after the events. There will be a trophy awarded to the best athlete (male and female) in each of the age-groups U20, 21-30,31-40,41-50,51-60,61-70 and 71-80 in the 20km and 30km events. All participants will receive a custom-made finisher's medal.

Photos & Certificates:

There will be a number of professional photographers at the event, in different areas of the course; you will also be able to purchase your finisher photos from the event website as well as download your certificates for free from the event website within 48 hours from the time the event ends

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Event Location : Oloika, Shompole

Start Date : 2018-03-18 6:00 AM
End Date & Time : 2018-03-18 12:00 PM
Booking Start Date : 2017-04-20
Booking End Date : 2018-03-16
Title Price Available
10km Trail Run + Camping Fee  50.00  $ 91/91
20km Trail Run + Camping Fee  55.00  $ 189/189
30km Trail Run + Camping Fee  60.00  $ 99/99
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