Lake Malawi Impact Marathon

Race the Impact Marathon whilst making a difference in the heart of Africa. 20-26 May 2019

This special trip aims to tackle poverty and boost education in Malawi through the power of running. Through a rewarding week of volunteering, you will learn about this fascinating region and its people, culminating in a special community marathon race on the shores of the spectacular Lake Malawi. If a marathon is a step too far you can complete a 21km or 10k race too. You will be camping on the lake shore in the Athlete’s Village with beach BBQ’s, campfires and unforgettable African sunsets.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Full board
  • Organised activities
  • Race entry
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for

Ethically minded adventurers looking to explore the hidden African gem of Malawi. With race distances of 10km, 21km and 42km, there is something to suit beginner runners and experienced marathoners alike.

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 Kenya, Nepal 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 Malawi - 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 Malawi, the charity partner is Naturally Africa.

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 Malawi, the charity partner is Naturally Africa.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

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.

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

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


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This adventure takes place in the Southern African republic of Malawi. You will be running, staying and volunteering along the banks of Lake Malawi. This spectacular lake makes up a third of the countries total area and is the ninth largest lake in the world. The rich fishing on the lake has long been a major source of food and livelihood for the local people who surround it. The lake also supports a wide range of important wildlife including Nile crocodiles, hippos and fish eagles.

Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world and its economy is still heavily dependent on agriculture. Despite high levels of poverty, the people of Malawi epitomise the joyful African spirit - nowhere is this more apparent than then working alongside them on one of the great charity projects that your adventure will support. Volunteering is a great way to gain an in-depth understanding of the Malawian’s fascinating culture.

Start point

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

Finish point

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

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

Your African adventure begins at Lilongwe airport where your local hosts will be ready and waiting. From there, it’s a transfer to your accommodation in the scenic Athlete’s Village on the shores of Lake Malawi. There, you will meet your fellow runners and enjoy your first of many African sunsets.

Day 2: Volunteering With a Project

Arising with the sun, there’s the option of a training run to test the legs and check out the terrain. Then, it’s time to get stuck into one of the many great projects that local charities are undertaking in the region. In the evening, relax around a roaring campfire sharing stories and getting to know your fellow travellers.

Day 3: Project Work Continues

Today is another rewarding day of project work. You could be working on a wide variety of projects from irrigating fields to installing energy efficient stoves. Working alongside local people, it’s great to be able to see just what a difference your help makes. In the evening, there is a night of cultural entertainment with local musicians and dancers.

Day 4: Village Sports Day

Rising early, the morning is spent finishing off your project work. After two and a half days it is satisfying to be able to see some progress. In the afternoon it is the Kids Run Wild Sports Day where the boundless energy of the local children is put to the test - definitely one of the highlights of the week!

Day 5: Pre-Race Day

Today is all about resting and relaxing in preparation for the big day. In the morning, there is the opportunity to listen to stories about the real Malawi and learn more about the countries history and its people. In the afternoon there is free time, a great opportunity to explore the local town and chow down on some pre-race pizza.

Day 6: Race Day

After a week volunteering and travelling alongside your fellow runners this is an extra special experience. Whether you’re taking on the 42km, 21km or 10km distance, the courses are all spectacular with stunning vistas and a great atmosphere. After the race, a mammoth party celebrates a superb week of adventure.

Day 7: Heading Home

Waking for the last time on the shores of Lake Malawi, there is time for a final breakfast with your fellow runners. It’s a good chance to swap stories, photos and contact details before packing your bags and bidding this warm-hearted country a fond farewell.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


During this adventure, you will be staying in the Athlete’s Village in a spectacular setting on the shores of Lake Malawi. Accommodation is in safari tents shared with up to three fellow runners with communal shower and toilet facilities.

The camp is run by local people and has a great atmosphere. Being lakeside, it makes the most of Africa’s spellbinding sunrises and sunsets. BBQ’s and campfires on the beach are the icing on the cake are a great way to spend your evenings relaxing and getting to know your fellow runners.

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