Rift Valley Impact Marathon, Kenya

Explore Kenyan life and join a unique race through the Rift Valley. 14-20 Oct 2018

See, feel and understand the magic of Kenya as you learn about the incredible work being done by Five Talents, run on the track at the famous Kericho Stadium and be a part of the Impact Community. You will learn about this fascinating region and its people, culminating in a special community marathon race in the Rift Valley. If a marathon is a step too far, you can complete a 21km or 10k race too.

The entire week is about community: the Kenyan community; the Athletes’ community and your own community at home. This is a platform to create massive social change and you are about to become part of a global movement to unleash the #powerofrunning.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 1 night of accommodation in Nairobi hotel
  • 2 nights of accomodation in Nakuru hotel
  • 3 nights of accomodation in Kericho hotel
  • Airport transfers and all local transport
  • All meals and water
  • All project visits and organised activities
  • Race Entry

Perfect for

With 10k, half marathon and full marathon distance options on Race Day, there is something for everyone. Just give it your best shot.

The courses are undulating at an altitude of over 2000m so it will be a challenge but the views and the atmosphere make the miles more than worthwhile.

Want to extend your trip?

If running the Kenya Marathon just isn’t enough, in neighbouring Tanzania, we have a whole range of Mount Kilimanjaro adventures for you to try.

Adventures for good:

Your host is an organisation dedicated to building sustainable communities through the power of running. Through organising epic races throughout the world (check out our others marathons in Nepal, Malawi and Guatemala), they aim to raise funds, raise awareness and contribute valuable volunteer time to carefully selected local initiatives.

Read the whole story behind these amazing events in our interview with the founder.

See all of our Adventures for Good here.

Need To Know

The goal for each race is to fundraise £250k which will go directly to the local projects identified, in partnership with the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This race focusses on issues particularly pertinent in Kenya - gender equality and quality education.

While there is no minimum, runners are asked to target raising £1000, to go their choice of project. You’ll be visiting the projects you’ve fundraised for and getting fully involved while you are there too.

In Kenya, the charity partner is Five Talents.

Once you’ve signed up for the race you’ll set up your fundraising page and choose the project that means the most to you. On average runners raise £1000 and although we don’t set a minimum fundraising target, we do ask everyone to aim for at least £1000. The more we raise, the bigger the impact.

In Kenya, the charity partner is Five Talents.

The following are not included in the trip price: - Flights - Travel Insurance
- Visas - Alcohol and soft drinks - Optional safari on day 3

Our group will be around 50. Big enough to feel a part of a community, small enough that you will get to know everyone through the week.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. You will go home having made new friends from all over the world.

Yes, children from the age of 8 are welcome to join this trip.

You will need to fly in and out of Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi. Once you have booked on your host will be able to advise on the best flight times.

Start point

You will be met by your host at Nairobi airport when your flight lands on Sunday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to confirm details.

Finish point

You will be dropped off at Nairobi airport on Saturday afternoon. Your host will be in touch before the trip to confirm details.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

You will be arriving into the buzzing city of Nairobi where you will stay overnight, get to know your fellow runners and be introduced to your Impact Week.

Welcome evening dinner

Day 2: Visit and learn about Mathare slum

In the morning we will be heading into Mathare slum in what will be a confronting and uplifting morning in ones of East Africa’s largest slum areas. In the afternoon we will be travelling on to Nakuru.

Learn about life in Mathare slum

Day 3: Project Day with Five Talents

Five Talents have worked in Nakuru region for many years supporting local women through micro-finance initiatives. Today is the day to see, feel and understand the difference this makes in the rural communities around the city. Alternatively you can take in the sights and sounds full of Lake Nakuru National Park with a full day safari trip (this will cost approx. £60 extra!).

See and understand the work that Five Talents do

Day 4: Explore Kericho and run on its famous track

Today we travel to Kericho for the final leg of our journey. The afternoon is a time to relax, explore and wonder around the local market ahead of a track session at the famous Kericho Stadium, home to many of Kenya’s best long distance athletes!

Your first experience of Kericho

Day 5: Visit an early stage Five Talents project

Five Talents’ has recently begun driving women’s led community groups. Having seen the more mature projects in Nakuru earlier in the week, you will have a chance to see the projects in their infancy and understand the challenges faced at the start of the journey. In the evening you will fuel up and rest ahead of the big day tomorrow.

Project visit and pasta party

Day 6: The BIG day, Race Day!

The time has come to run an extraordinary race. A course through stunning tea plantations overlooking the Rift Valley will challenge and amaze in equal measure. Appreciate every step along the journey and become an Impact Marathon finisher.

A race like no other

Day 7: Transfer back to Nairobi for the journey home

Departure day back home from Nairobi or you can even extend your travels with a trip to Kilimanjaro, explore the beaches, savanna’s or mountains of East Africa or you can visit a Five Talents’ programme in Karamoja, Uganda.

Goodbyes and the journey home


1 night of accommodation in Nairobi hotel. 2 nights of accomodation in Nakuru hotel. 3 nights of accomodation in Kericho hotel.

Accommodation will be 2 person shared en suite rooms.