The Duke of Cambridge launches the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon with World Record Holder Eliud KipchAuthor: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Singapore to Gabon, Peru to New Zealand, thousands of runners around the globe -including HRH the Duke of Cambridge and Marathon World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge - are coming together to support African conservation.
All throughout June people have been running, walking or cycling as part of the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon, and today on June 27th a global community will join forces to run together in solidarity with those protecting Africa’s precious wildlife. Download the Event Film
Launching the global challenge today as Patron of Tusk, The Duke of Cambridge said “These are unprecedented times, the impact of COVID-19 threatens to undo years of conservation progress across the entire African continent. But there are still individuals working tirelessly in the fight for Africa’s wildlife... This month we have been running for them… I'm about to do a run myself, as part of this virtual challenge. This is our way of showing Africa’s conservation community that we are all in this together. Thank you.” Download the Duke’s Video Message in full
Marathon World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge will be taking part in the challenge today from his training base in Eldoret, here is a short interview with him and some footage of him running in training and stills of him taking part in the challenge.
We have additional footage from wildlife ranger units in Kenya on request.
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About the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating global effects, Tusk and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are staging the "Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon" to replace this year’s Lewa Safari Marathon, which had been due to take place on the 27th June in Kenya. Find out more here
For thirty years, Tusk has supported forward-thinking and successful conservation intervention in Africa. From the plains of the Serengeti to the rainforests of the Congo Basin, we’re working towards a future in which people and wildlife can both thrive across the African continent.