The 16th edition of the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon and supporting events, the Tigo Half Marathon and the Grand Malt Fun Run reached a new level in the number of runners and supporters. A maximum number of participants for each event were specified by the race organisers, to ensure services (such as water, medical assistance and shadow vehicles) were not overstretched – 500 runners for the full marathon, 5,250 for the half-marathon and 5,000 for the fun run.
These numbers were reached with half a day of registration to go. Late comers had to opt for some remaining race numbers in the fun run. This has been the best turn out of runners since the marathon’s inception back in 2003. The final number of runners who took part were 459 in the full marathon, 5,332 in the half-marathon and 5,000 in the fun run.
A soft rain fell on the night before race day, allowing the earth to cool, the dust to settle and Kili showed herself in a soft haze of cloud in the early morning at the start of the marathon. The cool and cloudy conditions made it ideal for running.
Cosmas Muteti won in a time of 2:17:01 for the men’s 42 km event and collected a well-deserved 4 million Tanzanian Shillings for his efforts. The women’s 42 km event was an all Kenyan affair, where Flavious Kwamboka, took home the spoils as the top runner in a time of 2:48:39, along with the 4 million Tanzania Shillings.
Kilimanjaro Marathon: Full Marathon Event - Female Top 5 Finishers
Kilimanjaro Marathon: Full Marathon Event - Male Top 5 Finishers
Failuna Abdi (26), the only Tanzanian to stand on the podium this year, finished second in the ladies half-marathon, in a time of 01:31:52, just 7 seconds behind Grace Kimanzi, of Kenya, who took the ladies race in a time of 1:13:45, while Geofry Torotich, in a time of 1:03:26 dominated the men’s half-marathon, especially towards the finish.
Kilimanjaro Marathon: Half Marathon Event - Female Top 5 Finishers
Kilimanjaro Marathon: Half Marathon Event - Male Top 5 Finishers
We’re always aiming to improve the Kilimanjaro Marathon and this year technology played a big role in making that happen. The Tigo Pesa payment option was introduced, making it easier for local runners to pay. The time keeping has also improved substantially over the years and this year was the best one so far.
John Addison, the Race Director of the marathon (and MD of Wild Frontiers) was quoted as saying that ‘this year was the best event since inception! Everything came together and we are truly proud of what we achieved at the 2018 Kili Marathon.’
‘Our thanks goes to all the supporters and stakeholders, from the numerous sponsors on board, to the Government and local municipality services, the Police, KAAA and then the runners who descended on Moshi from far and near for the weekend.’
‘We are also incredibly proud of our association to The Kilimanjaro Project this year, an initiative started by Sarah Scott. The aim is to plant one million trees on Kilimanjaro. The glaciers of Kilimanjaro are disappearing at an alarming rate and with the introduction of more trees to the region, more rain will fall and this will diminish the effects of climate change. Runners and sponsors alike contributed towards this worthwhile cause and we are proud to have been part of this initiative – Tuje Pamoja – Let us come together!’
We would like to thank all the sponsors, organisers and hard working men and women (too numerous to name) who made the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon 2018 such a success. It’s no easy feat organising and executing a marathon, but with a great team, it definitely is possible.