The organisers of the Lewa Safari Marathon have cancelled this year’s event due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
So far, Kenya has confirmed 28 cases of the fast-spreading virus that has led to the cancellation of all the sports events in the world.
This year’s edition, powered by Huawei and Safaricom PLC, had been slated for 27th June, allowing participants from all over the globe to compete whilst running through one of Africa’s most breath-taking conservancies.
In a statement issued on Thursday, 26th March, the CEO of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mike Watson, said: “Hosting a race in a wildlife conservancy comes with a unique set of challenges. For the past 20 years, we have worked to mitigate these challenges and offer all the 1,400 of our annual runners what we hope is an optimum running experience. Having all of you at Lewa has always been the highlight of our year. Despite our great willingness to push on, having weighed all factors, we have come to the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s race.”
The organisers also noted that “holding such a highly competitive event to its usual standards may impose a financial strain on the event’s co-sponsors, who in this tough business climate, will struggle to support the event as they have done before.”
The Lewa marathon has been known to attract runners from all over the world, including USA and Europe, which are some of the worst hit nations by the global pandemic.
Countries have issued new strict travel restrictions, making it impossible to have the runners travel for the race, especially with no solution in place.