On Saturday May 3rd, dozens of local community members turned out for our annual Running For Lions races in Samburu. There was a half marathon, a women’s race, and a kid’s race. The courses wound their way through the stunning landscape of Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu County, in northern Kenya.
The top 3 runners in the half marathon completed the run in under 1 hour 24 minutes. Ewaso Lions very own Letupukwa came 2nd! As is custom for this event, the winners took home goats as the prize!
The main goal of this special annual community event is to increase awareness of the importance of lion conservation in the area – and have fun doing it!
Before the race, we spoke to the runners and observers about lion conservation, the importance of protecting our environment, and the link between tourism, lions, and economic livelihoods. Everyone took a moment to remember Loirish, the male lion, who was killed senselessly last September.
Two women spoke to the crowd, and said they were very happy to have participated in the race. One lady had travelled with Westgaste’s women group to visit other communities in northern Kenya. She said this area is becoming well known for its conservation work and is seen as a role model. She stressed that the whole community needs to embrace this and work together to sustain this.
Well done to all the runners! Thanks to Sasaab Lodge and Westgate Conservancy, and a very special thanks to Brian Khepri, Ewaso Lions friend and champion supporter who sponsored this year’s race AND designed the shirts and banner!
Photos by Sasaab Lodge
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