In The Footsteps Of Runners Of The Highlands: discovery, sharing and trail running.
This adventure allows everyone to find his/her own pace. You can choose between a total distance of 50K walk or run and a 100K run only, equally divided over 5 days. The total trip takes 9 days.
Kimbia Kenya is an eco-solidarity project. All five stages leave, cross or arrive in a school. Two principles define this eco-solidarity project: logistical and material support to these schools and the organization of exchange and sharing moments between participants and the local population, especially with children of the schools.
Each stage you’ll discover many facets of the region located in the northwest of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The race will take you around the Lake Elementaita, the smallest lake in the Rift Valley (18 km2), classified as a Ramsar site since 2005 and famous worldwide by birds’ lovers. It hosts thousands of pelicans and flamingos.
The races offer a very diverse nature of path & soil: dirt and sandy savannah and hills, villages or parks.
There are tourist activities organized during the afternoons for those who still have enough energy after the morning races in order to discover the region of Navaisha, located in the heart of the Rift Valley.
The race will take you around the Lake Elementaita, the smallest lake in the Rift Valley (18km2), classified as a Ramsar site since 2005 and famous worldwide by birds’ lovers. It hosts thousands of pelicans and flamingos. The first stage is ideal to get into the swing to things and acclimatize to the racing conditions in Kenya (altitude and temperature). The track is quite rolling without real D+, with race tracks designed without technical difficulties.
A new stage since 2016, the Gilgil stage is an absolute immersion into the Kenyan life with a departure in single-track trails. Then you will cross fields where you can meet many workers and farmers who will cheer you like a star! To finish, you will cross the village of Gilgil in a certain turmoil when runners are getting close to the finish line.
For the third stage, the finish line is located in the very picturesque village of Eburru in altitude which culminates at more than 2400m. This is probably the most difficult stage, but the support and the warm welcome of children will help you to surpass yourself.
During the fourth stage, Kimbia Kenya will pass through Crescent Island. The shores host abundant birdlife including pelicans, cormorants and fish-eagles. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Parks. Hence, many films have been filmed on the Island such as ‘Out of Africa’ to capture incredible images of the herds of Wildebeests, Waterbuck, Zebra and Gazelle.
Hell’s Gate, the must-see! The fifth stage offers a captivating natural park with geysers and two volcanoes Olkaria and Hobley, currently extinct. Here as well, many animals can be observed.
– Technical supervision race organization, touristic activities, solidarity program
– Round trip flight Paris-Nairobi
– A shuttle bus between Nairobi and the event site
– Daily shuttle of participants to starting points and ensure return to camp
– A shuttle bus for touristic and organized group activities
– 1 night in a 3* hotel in twin or double for the first night in Nairobi
– Accommodation camping (7 nights during the event) in a tent for 2 people
– Catering for the whole stay
– The supply (water, fruit etc) during the race
– Medical assistance during the race and stay
– A bib and a belt to carry it (no need for safety pins)
– The medal for all competitors
– A camel back with the colors of the event for all competitors
– A technical colors of the event t-shirt for all competitors
– The contribution of € 50 per participant to the solidarity program
– A photo and video documentary sent after the event
Image by HowardWilks