Masai Mara Kenya Marathon 4th - 11th August 2017
The Masai Mara Kenya Marathon is a series of exclusive and exciting events like no other held in Kenya! The event dates are set for 4th to 11th July 2017 and include arrival on or before 4th July, 1K, 5K and 10 K walks on 5th, 1K, 5K and 10 K runs on 6th, and the half and full Monty marathon on 7th July. 8th to 11th July are dedicated to visiting and volunteering at local NGO projects and 1 or 2 days Game Drives in the world famous Masai Mara Game reserve. These events include fun runs and walks by novices and ordinary people, challenges, adventures, partying, gig, volunteering with community projects and a family friendly safari expedition like no other! The series of events aim to raise funds for practical projects that promote the cause of education and poverty reduction. These projects are implemented by Mend the Gap UK charity and its partner NGO Perimart International. Participants are welcomed to volunteer and participate in some of these projects during and after the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries related to the organisation of the event. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries related to fundraising in the UK and overseas or Kenya respectively. For fundraising in the UK and any overseas country outside Eastern Africa, make your fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/masaimarakenyamarathon2016/298674 or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayEventDetails.action?eventId=25120&charityId=1009872&invocation=evt0050 and remember to ask your supporters to tick the GiftAid if you are a UK tax payer.
Mend the Gap UK and its local Kenyan NGO partner Perimart International have more than 5 years’ experience of organising door-to-door school trips for 2-3 weeks from UK to Kenya. We also arrange similar visits for families, young, older and elderly people to undertake volunteering schemes in Kenya. For more about us, please visit www.mendthegap.org.uk and www.perimartinternational.org and https://www.facebook.com/mendthegapnow/.
Participants will have opportunities for camping or and glamping and living amongst the Maasai at Perimart Nalepo Marathon Village Camp or staying in exclusive neighbouring camps and hotels ranging from economy backpackers to luxury 3-5 star hotels, camps and lodges.
Event participants may find it cheaper and convenient on average to arrange their travel, board and accommodation with our Tour and Travel sister company Perimart via the event website www.masaimarakenyamarathon.com. Participants will be picked up from and returned to Jomo Kenyan International Airport by Perimart. The travel will be by tour coach, tour van or tour car for onwards travel to Masai Mara by Road or to Wilson Airport to fly to Keekorock Airstrip and thence to Perimart Nalepo Marathon Village Camp, near Ololaimutia Gate, Masai Mara. Please email email@example.com for any queries related to transportation in Kenya.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
All participants and spectators must provide prove of ID using an ID with their photo and to register and sign disclaimer forms available from firstname.lastname@example.org. Children must be 10-17 years old and be accompanied by an adult guardian who will sign the disclaimer form on the child's behalf.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Door-to-door travel to the site can be arranged for overseas participants by emailing email@example.com. Payment by instalment for airfares, full board accommodation and local travel can be arranged with Universally Local UK Plus Ltd. Terms and Conditions apply. Pooled transport is arranged to pick participants and spectators from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Nairobi at 9.00 a.m. on 4th August for onwards travel to the Masai Mara Perimart Nalepo Marathon Village and to return them to JKIA by 6 p.m. on Friday 11th August. These travel arrangements will be by Tour Coach, Tour Van, Tour 4WD or by Air and Tour Van. These options come with Full Board accommodation and boarding options ranging from camping at the Marathon Village using your own tent and your sleeping mat, Via camping in our tents, various Glamping options, staying in normal ordinary rooms, staying in high end luxury cottages and tents, to staying in high end luxury lodges. For participants and spectators from Outside Eastern Africa (so called Overseas participants), travel and accommodation costs as highlighted in this event page can be paid in full or in monthly instalments in cleared funds latest by July 16th by BACs, online transfer, company or bankers cheque directly to:
Account Name: Universally Local Plus (UK) Ltd
Bank: Lloyds Bank, Weston Super M are Branch, UK
Sort Code: 30-96-26,
Account Number: 23310660
For participants and spectators from within Eastern Africa, travel and accommodation costs as highlighted in this event page can be paid by Mpesa Paybill Number 656840 for Perimart Management Consultants Ltd (PMC) or in cleared funds latest by July 16th by BACs, online transfer, company or bankers cheque directly - in full or in monthly instalments into:
Account Name: Perimart Management Consultants Ltd
Bank: Cooperative Bank of Kenya
Account Name: Perimart Management Consultants Ltd
Account Number: 01158537089700
Branch: Diaspora branch
Branch code: 11254
SWIFT BIC Code: KCOOKENA
Account Number: 02158537089700
Branch: Diaspora branch
Branch code: 11254
SWIFT BIC Code: KCOOKENA
Please note that the event supports educational, and sustainable and environmental protection activities. We aim to keep our environmental impact and carbon footprint to a minimum. Therefore all participants and spectators are encouraged to use the pooled transport we provide and other public transport means. Please note that any vehicles - including participant and spectator vehicles - are not allowed on the Marathon and other Event routes from 5th to 8th August. Only Event and Emergency vehicles are allowed on Event routes during the period 5th to 9th August.
Parking at the Marathon Village is at a premium and is limited to first-come-first-served basis. Such limited parking must be reserved as early as possible to deserve disappointment. Also please note that by participating in this event, you agree and accept that your personal belongings, vehicles, self and baggage are subject to search at the Venue, designated parking lots and before boarding any Event transport vehicle. You also accept and understand that any vehicle that is found abandoned around the Venue may be towed away and any bag, mobile device or such other item found unattended may be removed from the Venue by Security personnel and destroyed. You also accept and agree that co-operation with Security personnel is mandatory.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Any alcoholic or bottled beverages, and any prohibited or controlled substances under applicable statutes and regulations is strictly prohibited. You must undertake not to bring into, or consume, any illegal substance at the Venue nor will you carry any weapons, smoke bombs, compressed gas containers, blades of any kind, glass bottles, unlicensed communication equipment, including radio transmitting devices to the Venue. Smoking shall only be permitted in designated areas.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Overseas participants (from outside Eastern Africa) can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for travel and accommodation questions, and email@example.com for fundraising questions and sponsorship forms.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Registrations tickets are not transferrable. Participants and spectators are however allowed to postpone their participation by one year.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes. You are allowed to update your registration information.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. You must bring your printed ticket to the event.
What is the refund policy?
Registration fees are not refundable. Neither are charitable fundraising costs or donations.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No. Please ascertain to use your official names as they appear on your original photo ID that you will use for registration.
What are the entry facts for overseas participants?
- The entry fee for 1K, 5K and 10K walks and runs as well as the full and half marathon events is £150 pp (non-refundable).
- Each competitor is asked to raise a minimum of £1,000 for Mend the Gap and Perimart International. Use either https://mydonate.bt.com/events/masaimarakenyamarathon2016/298674 or go and search for the Masai Mara Kenya Marathon event by Mend the Gap on http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/chooseFundraiser.action and start your fundraising page for the event.
- Entry fee for spectators is £100 pp (non-refundable).
- All runners and spectators are asked to provide proof of travel and medical insurance, to include emergency medical evacuation.
What’s so special about fundraising for Mend the Gap and Perimart International (£1,000 pp) for overseas participants?
The Masai Mara Kenya Marathon is unique and should not be viewed like the many City marathons held around the world. This event is Mend The Gap and Perimart International charities' own flagship fundraising initiative to support specific poverty alleviation and education and community projects funded by the two charities in Kenya. We therefore ask all prospective runners to note that by entering this event, they are required to raise at least £1,000 pp for Mend the Gap’s and Perimart International’s existing projects. This is a condition of entry.
Unfortunately, Mend the Gap and Perimart International are not in a position to accept entries from runners who wish to use this event to fundraise for other charities.
- Each runner is required to pay a non-refundable fundraising deposit of £250 pp to Mend the Gap by Friday 7th July 2017.
- Payment to Mend the Gap is by debit/debit card, BACs or corporate or bankers cheque (which must clear by 7th July 2017).
- This can be paid with your entry fee via the Eventbrite page if preferred.
- Fundraising is requested from adult runners only, not from spectators or children
- All donations should be sent to Mend the Gap by 30th October 2017.
What are the travel and accommodation arrangement for overseas participants?
Please note that all arrangements and costs of international and in-country travel & accommodation are arranged by you based on the options on the event website. Please select the accommodation type, duration and mode of local transportation required. You can pay for travel and accommodation in full or by instalments to Universally Local Plus (UK) Ltd who have agreed to act as an Agent for the Marathon Village and other neighbouring Glamping places and high end Luxury Hotels in the Park at preferential rates, should you like to use them. Marathon Village accommodation is the most economical option and therefore is likely to be snapped up very quickly as it has limited spaces which will be issued on first-come-first-served-basis. Campers to the village are required to come with their own green coloured stand up tent (at least two person tent) and beddings (to be donated to the community exchange and school linking project after the event). Campers can hire and use the tents at the village.
We strongly recommend that you aim to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by 9.00 a.m. on 4th August for all the airport transfer options to the event site as per your booking. All international guests to the event are given a schedule by Mend the Gap and this includes not only game drives, practice runs and 'down time' but also the opportunity to visit Perimart International and Mend the Gap projects and see for yourself the benefits of fundraising for charities.
After registration, we will send you:
- Helpful Hints for Travel in Kenya
- Top Tips for Runners
What will be the next steps in order to register for overseas participants and spectators?
1. Please complete and return the Registration & Disclaimer Forms from the event website and return asap, together with:
i) insurance details
ii) entry fee.
2. Entry payment : £150 pp for runners; £100 for spectators.
How To Pay:
- Through Eventbrite Page or
- BACs to Universally Local Plus (UK) Ltd
- Credit or debit cards accepted
- Bank transfer: Universally Local Plus (UK) Ltd, Lloyds Bank, BUSINESS ACCOUNT, Sort Code 30-96-26, Account Number 23310660, IBAN: GB05LOYD30962623310660, BIC: LOYDGB21446