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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Come to Tanzania and take part in the 2018 Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon (or 21.1 km or 5 km fun run).

Combine this race with a Kilimanjaro climb, or a safari to the Serengeti, or perhaps relax for a few days on Zanzibar Island – the perfect destination to rest those weary legs. The race is run at the foothills of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the scenery is spectacular.

KILIMANJARO MARATHON
04 March, 2018

Every year, at the end of February/beginning March, a standard 42.2 km marathon, a 21.1 km half marathon and a 5 km fun run will be held in the town of Moshi, Tanzania. This race has been set up to promote the sport in Tanzania, and has the official backing of the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association, the IAAF, and is registered with AIMS.

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The marathon route leaves Moshi stadium and heads down towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar es Salaam for approximately 8-9 km. This section of the route is relatively flat, and there are plenty of spectators and well-wishers along the road. We turn around and head back to the town of Moshi, tracking down into the actual town itself before turning toward the mountain and heading up a long, steady ascent towards Mweka. The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly. The turnaround point marks approximately 32 km and the last section is a fast downhill run back toward the stadium. Regular water tables as well as ‘sponging points’ and the odd ‘shower’ keep the runners refreshed and cool along the entire route.

The route passes through many smallholding farms, villages, parts of town, banana and coffee plantations and patches of forest, providing great excitement to the residents who give ample vocal support.

For those running the half marathon, the route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a short, flat section, it follows the gradual uphill route to Mweka as per the full marathon – before turning around at approx 10 km to return to the stadium again. The atmosphere in the stadium is electric with local bands playing, entertainment, crowds of local enthusiasts to cheer the runners, and lots of refreshments for sale.

The logistics of the operation are run by the Kilimanjaro Marathon Club and the members of both the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association (TAAA) and the local Kilimanjaro Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA).

The Kilimanjaro Marathon may also be used as a qualifier for the Comrades Marathon.

After Race Services

There will be music at the finish, and sometimes live entertainment will be provided. There is an hospitality tent, with shade and food available as well as a masseur at an additional cost (this should be booked at the time of entering). A number of stalls and stands at the finish will sell food, drinks etc.

Age Limit

The minimum age requirement is that an athlete must be 21 years of age on the day of the race, for the 42km, and 18 years for the 21km. Fun Run participants have to be 10 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Aid Stations

There will be water points on average every 4km. Some will serve water only, some will serve water and coke. Should you need any specific hydration or energy drinks, we suggest you carry that with you. What prize money is on offer? May I wear advertising? What must I do to earn a Gold medal? What time must I finish in to receive a Bronze medal? How long do I have to complete the race? Race Timing Must I qualify to enter the Kilimanjaro Marathon? What must I do if I have any other questions?

Equipment Storage

There will be a tog bag tent near the start line. Do not leave anything valuable in your tog bag please.

Maximum Time

The final cut-off for all races is at 12h30. Six hours for the full marathon Race Timing Must I qualify to enter the Kilimanjaro Marathon? What must I do if I have any other questions?

Parking

NO VEHICLES other than organisers’ will be allowed into the stadium. There is parking outside on Sokoine Road / Mweka Road opposite the TOP entrance of MuCO. You will NOT BE ALLOWED to bring your car into the stadium, or into the area surrounding it – so please don’t try! Similarly access at certain entrances will be restricted to athletes only.

Timing

The race is timed by a disposable timing chip, provided on your race number. It is imperative that you do not remove or tamper this chip, or your result may be jeopardised. Must I qualify to enter the Kilimanjaro Marathon? What must I do if I have any other questions?

REGISTRATION INFO:

(REGISTRATION FEES / STARTING & FINISHING TIMES /  CUT OFF)

** PLEASE NOTE: NO ENTRIES ACCEPTED ON RACE DAY.

** Please note : Final cut-off for  all timed races  is at 12h:30 pm (midday)

Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Full Marathon 42.2km: (Minimum age 21)

  • Entry only – foreign residents: $65 / East African citizens Tsh10000 / East African residents or work permit holders $35
  • Starts: 06h:30 am – May be subject to change, please check at registration.
  • Final cut-off after 6hrs, ie 12h:30 pm (midday)

Tigo Half Marathon 21 km: (Minimum age 18)

  • Entry only – foreign residents: $65 / East African citizens Tsh8000 / East African residents or work permit holders $35
  • Starts: 07h:00 am – May be subject to change, please check at registration.
  • Final cut-off 12h:30 pm (midday)

5km Fun Run: (Minimum age 10 – Anyone younger must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Fun run – Foreign residents – Tsh5000 / local residents and citizens Tsh5000 / East African residents or work permit holders Tsh5000
  • Starts: 07h:15 am – May be subject to change, please check at registration.
  • No cut-off
  • This race is not timed

PARTICIPANT CATEGORIES

Whilst categories (Open/Veteran/Master/Grand-master) may be noted on the results, there may not necessarily be any recognition or prizes on race day for categories indicated.


REGISTRATION – VENUE AND TIMES

Dar Es Salaam:

  • Dates:    24 and 25 February 2018 – Saturday and Sunday
  • Times:   12h:00 (midday) to 05h:00 pm each day
  • Venue:   Mlimani city mall in front of Grano Coffee next to Pizza hut

Arusha:

  • Dates:   27 and 28 February 2018 – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Times:  02h:00 pm to 08h:00 pm – SHARP
  • Venue:  The Kibo Palace Hotel

Moshi:

  • Dates:  Thursday 1 March 12h:00 pm (midday) until 07h:00 pm / Friday 2 March from 10h:00 am until 07h:00 pm / Saturday 3 March from 09h:00 am – 12h:00 (midday)

EARLIER CLOSING TIME ON SATURDAY, PLEASE NOTE – SO ENSURE YOU COLLECT YOUR RACE NUMBERS PRIOR TO THAT.

  • Venue:  Keys Hotel, Uru Road

PRE-ENTRIES (done via the website and paid for) race numbers may be collected from the collection points in Arusha and Moshi (as per above times) – from a separate desk. Bring your proof of payment, or email / reference number when collecting.

ALL PERSONS ENTERING :  Must bring their passports or proof of identity to registration. If you are a resident, or citizen of Tanzania, please bring proof to registration (work permit, residency, ID etc).

If booking on a Wild Frontiers’ travel package your bib will be delivered to your hotel in Moshi – collect from reception at your hotel.


START & FINISH

The Full Marathon and 10 km events both starts and finishes at the Moshi Cooperative University (MoCU) Ushirika Stadium in Moshi

The Half Marathon starts at the top gate to MoCU Ushirika Stadium, on Sokoine Road and finishes inside the stadium.

The Fun Run starts at the bottom of MoCU Ushirika Stadium, on Uru Road – and finishes inside the stadium.

All four events finish within the Stadium grounds – please follow the directional arrows carefully as you enter the stadium.

The logistics of the operation are run by the Kilimanjaro Marathon Club and the members of both the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association (TAAA) and the local Kilimanjaro Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA).

PLEASE ensure you’re in the correct tunnels to prevent finishing in the wrong queue and getting the incorrect medal/shirt .

May be subject to change, please check at registration.

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