For the 2nd consecutive year the Tusk Trust and Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are conducting a virtual marathon challenge. A 3rd Covid-19 wave has precluded a live event and has disrupted tourism and the funding of conservation. Supporting this event is a way that you can help this critical Kenyan ecosystem, in a perilous time.
Lewa has pioneered community led conservation and is instrumental in the recovery of black rhinos and in the protection of the endangered Grevy's Zebra population. Education, assistance in water provision and support of agriculture, healthcare and infrastructure are other Lewa mandates. Rangers risk their lives to protect these threatened animals.
Four years ago I travelled to Lewa and completed the full marathon. Last year I did a virtual half here in Canada. This year, on June 26th, I will do a virtual half in Kalamalka Provincial Park in the North Okanagan region of British Columbia. It will be on challenging trails that I have run and hiked innumerable times with my dog Tess. This will be in her memory also, as she recently died at the age of 15 years.
More information can be found at www.lewasafarimarathon.com.