Mount Kilimanjaro, towering over the plains of Africa, invites those who enjoy a physical challenge to pit themselves against the mountain. There are several opportunities to do this through the year, as different organisations arrange a Kilimanjaro Marathon, Triathlon or other similar event.
The Kilimanjaro Marathon is a 42.2km run and starts and finishes in Moshi. It is held annually in March (this year it was held on 2nd March 2008) and is officially supported by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association (TAAA), and the International Association of Athletics federation (IAAF). The run begins and ends in Moshi Stadium and the route covers a range of habitats and includes a gentle uphill section on the slopes of Kilimanjaro itself. It is possible to do a half marathon, which also starts and finishes in Moshi Stadium. There are prizes for the first ten places. There is also a short 5km Fun Run for those less energetic souls!
The Mt Kilimanjaro Marathon is held annually in June. The Mt Kilimanjaro Marathon is actually a triathlon, involving for the first time this year a bike race, a marathon and a Kilimanjaro climb. The bike ride, which is 50km long, begins two days before the Kilimanjaro climb. It takes 5 days to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, after which there is one day of rest and relaxation. The final stage of the triathlon is the Mt Kilimanjaro Marathon, run on the last Sunday in June every year. The route is a 10.5km loop which the runners repeat five times, all in and around the base of Kilimanjaro and the town of Moshi.
The cleverly named Kili[MAN]jaro, or Kili-man Adventure Challenge is run in February-March every year. The race is a Kilimanjaro triathlon, involving a two-day bike ride (Kili-bike), a 42.2km Kilimanjaro Marathon, and climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro within 6 days. The Kili-man Adventure Challenge attracts athletes and runners from all over the world, many hoping to add to their Seven Continent Marathon list while maybe adding a Tanzania safari on to their experience.
If you would like to find out more about any of these challenging athletic events, and combine your experience with an action-packed Tanzania safari or a relaxing Zanzibar beach holiday, please contact us.