Marathons are funny things. A whole pile of things combine to make them “work”: weather, roads, security, crowd support and water points to name just a few.
For 15 years we’ve been juggling our act to make the Kili Marathon work, with each year presenting its own challenges, and once again we have been very lucky. The weather on race day was perfect, with some rainfall a few days before the event settling the dust – but a huge storm after the race turned the stadium into a mud bath, luckily most people had left by then.
Police, stadium security and road closures all worked well. There were many waterpoints, all of which had a good, fun atmosphere. The whole route was cleaned up post event by the municipality, which was a great success.
A few issues with ‘ghost runners’ were picked up, people running with other people’s race numbers – a classic was a “Betty White” running – the Golden Girls have a lot to answer for! But, all in all, results were good and up on the website same day.
There are some excellent photos, taken by our hard working Rachel Ambrose – and a lot of people are posting their shots on our Instagram site too…
For the first time we had over 5000 people in the full and half marathons, many competing for the first time, which is great for the sport and social running in Tanzania. Add to this the wheelchair and Fun Run , and we are around 9000 “on the roads” for the event.
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