If you’re based outside Kenya please go to www.lewasafarimarathon.com

Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon Challenge 2020
Organised by Tusk and Lewa

Event Day Hub – 27 June 2020

A massive thanks to the thousands who have taken part in the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon so far!  You’ve joined a global community of runners, walkers and riders around the world have joined forces for a common cause to raise vital funds for conservation in Africa.  Whether you covered 5km or 42km, your support has been amazing.

You came out to make this your own, on streets, lanes and tracks from Peru to New Zealand, joining some famous faces along the way. Your support has helped us raise almost £200,000 so far and shows what can be achieved when we come together in solidarity with the dedicated men and women on the frontlines of conserving Africa’s unique wildlife. Thank you.

It’s not too late to take on the challenge and to fundraise or donate for this crucial cause! Please register now if you’d like to join the global community and play your part in tackling the devastating impact of Covid-19 on our project partners.  Follow #TuskLewaSafariChallenge on social media for more updates over the coming weeks.

We’re all in this together.


Welcome to the #TuskLewaSafariChallenge event hub.

We’ll be sharing messages of support and encouragement, as well as tips, inspiration and stories from around the world as thousands take part in the challenge in support of Kenya’s wildlife. You can also follow the event live via our social media streams below.

Thank you to all our Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon participants around the world …

Wherever you are in the world, please join us from 08:00 EAT on 27 June, and together we can all make a real difference.”

If you’re joining the community and running, walking, spectating or simply following along on Saturday 27 June, here’s what you can expect. All times are in EAT (East African Time)


We’re off! Look out for some very special messages of support in our campaign film, premiering on YouTube and across social media.


Highlights from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. We check in on social media with the rangers and runners taking part in the challenge at the original home of the Lewa Safari Marathon.


Stories from around the world. Look out for inspiration from runners and walkers around the globe. You might even spot yourself! Find us across all social media channels.


Follow our cool down on Tusk’s Instagram feed – stretch those aching muscles with a tailored cool down with a top fitness professional.


An hour with Nyashinski – A conversation with Kenyan R&B and Hip-Hop artist Nyashinski followed by a very special version of his hit single Marathon Runner. Tune in to Lewa’s Instagram feed.


Another chance to cool down on Tusk’s Instagram – relax and unwind with a yoga flow.


Katherine Jenkins live – we’re celebrating event day by joining Welsh mezzo-soprano for her live Saturday night concert. Watch on Katherine’s Facebook page.


Make sure you’re following us on social media @Tusk_org and to follow the action live. Join in with #TuskLewaSafariChallenge and we’ll share your photos, videos and experiences with the rest of the global virtual marathon community.  Enjoy the day!

Live on Tusk Twitter feed now …

Our Kenyan conservation partner @biglifeafrica have seen extraordinary successes in recent years, including creating one of East Africa’s first collaborative cross-border anti-poaching operations: https://t.co/9tAACHU2fp

Image by Jeremy Goss/Big Life Foundation https://t.co/j50vI87Lmd
tusk_org photo

Crowned sifaka survive mostly in fragmented forest in northwest Madagascar. Small populations have been discovered along the central highlands where @impact_mada have worked with communities to manage more than 3,700ha of forest - leading to a 22% growth in the sifaka population. https://t.co/823FDh5D9k tusk_org photo

Fisherwomen trainees in Comoros learn how to create graphs based on their catches. This capacity building by our partners @BlueVentures is paving the way for adaptive community-led marine conservation strategies, allowing long term preservation of #Marine resources.⁠ https://t.co/HgWHtoP0Uk tusk_org photo

“As the world comes together to tackle the impact of the coronavirus, please join me by participating in the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon. I am very pleased to back Lewa and Tusk in their efforts to raise the much needed funds to protect Kenya’s wildlife and provide vital support for communities and schools across my country in this time of crisis.”

– Eliud Kipchoge EGH, Marathon World Record Holder and Lewa Ambassador


This year is different, we cannot run side by side as we usually would to support our rangers, our communities and all those on the frontline of conservation.


Stand strong with our rangers and communities by making a voluntary donation if you are able to. 

 You can do so through our MPESA Paybill below:

MPESA (Kenya)

KSH1000Suggested Donation
  • Fundraise with MPESA

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Raise KSH30000or more ...

Once you have completed your chosen distance please email [email protected] and share a screen grab from your preferred running app such as Strava, MapMyRun or Garmin.  Tusk will verify your donation and email you a Virtual Safari Marathon e-certificate.



For questions about the
Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon:

Entry and participation: [email protected]

Press and inquiries: [email protected]