6/30/2012: Live update from Kenya: Team Nature runs in one of world’s toughest races. No reports of lions chasing them down.
6/28/2012: Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, blogs from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. Mark will be running in the Safaricom Marathon..
Ultramarathon champion Scott Jurek, along with Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek and Africa director David Banks, will lead The Nature Conservancy’s Team Nature in Kenya at the 2012 Safaricom Marathon, one of the world’s most challenging races.
The 13th Annual Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon will take place June 30, 2012, at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Organized by Tusk Trust with support from Safaricom, the event raises significant funding for community development and wildlife conservation programs in Kenya.
Named a “Hero of Running” by Runner’s World magazine, Jurek has earned victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite events, including a record seven straight wins in the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.
Jurek also is widely respected as an ambassador for the sport and for healthy living. His first book, Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, will be published shortly before the race.
“I’ve raced all over the world and been involved in a number of deserving causes,” Jurek says. “I’m looking forward to visiting northern Kenya and running this race as part of Team Nature. I’m especially pleased that I will have the chance to meet the people of the region, whose lives are so intertwined and dependent on the very lands upon which we will run.”
“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to run with Scott,” says Tercek. “Scott’s reputation as a world-class endurance runner and advocate for healthy living will help shine a light on northern Kenya’s people and wildlife and the serious conservation and community development challenges we’re tackling in Africa.”
Team Nature and more than 1,000 other runners representing some 20 countries will test their mettle under the African sun. The challenging dirt course follows Lewa’s undulating hills at an average altitude of 5,500 feet. Adding to the challenge and thrill is the runners’ awareness that they share the terrain with elephants, antelopes, cheetahs and lions.
Your support for Team Nature will help protect essential habitat for Africa's iconic wildlife. You will also be helping northern Kenya's people, as funds will also support schools, clinics and micro-enterprises — community projects critical to achieving conservation goals.
Team Nature runners, including Jurek, are already working to raise awareness and funds to support critical conservation and community-development work in northern Kenya. Supporters can learn more about Team Nature and sponsor racers via Crowdrise.
If you’d like to make a donation offline, please mail a check to Lauren McFarlane, The Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302.July 01, 2012