The 17th edition of the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon and supporting events, the Tigo Half Marathon and the Grand Malt Fun Run, once again welcomed a mixture of runners from around the world. From elite runners, including some of Africa’s top long distance competitors, to recreational runners just looking for a fun weekend away at what’s becoming one of Africa’s favourite marathons.
The half and full marathon events were sold out on the Friday morning. The remaining runners, who weren’t able to secure a number for the half or full marathon, had to opt for the fun run. Once again, the turnout was phenomenal for this year’s events. Registration this year was entirely on a pre-registration, pre-payment basis – a first for road running events in Tanzania. Remaining race numbers that weren’t sold during pre-registration were available for purchase in Moshi. We understand that this registration process came as a shock to some runners, but we really want to appeal to runners in future events to use the online registration platforms to avoid disappointment.
As usual, runners were in high spirits on the morning of the events. The weather forecast showed blue skies with patches of cloud cover. The clouds started to clear as the day progressed, leading to warmer conditions making it extra challenging for runners. The clearing clouds gave runners a chance to catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Cosmas Muteti managed to defend his full marathon title in a time of 02:18:27 and collected a handsome Tsh 4,000,000 for his efforts. Lydia Wafula comfortably secured the ladies full marathon event in a time of 02:52:17. Kenya’s top athletes shined brightly once again at this year’s Kilimanjaro Marathon.
Kilimanjaro Marathon 2019: Full Marathon Event - Male Top 5 Finishers
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Kilimanjaro Marathon 2019: Full Marathon Event - Female Top 5 Finishers
The top five pack of half marathon male runners was tight throughout the race, with Emmanuel Giniki receiving a hero’s welcome at Moshi Ushirika Stadium and finishing in a time of 01:03:34. Giniki was closely followed by Bernard Musau, from Kenya, who finished in a time of 01:03:42. These two runners provided an exciting finish to the men’s half marathon event. Grace Kimanzi continued to dominate the ladies half marathon event by winning her fourth title in a row, in a time of 01:11:45. Kimanzi managed to put some daylight between herself and Failuna Matanga who finished in a time of 01:13:19.
Kilimanjaro Marathon 2019: Half Marathon Event - Male Top 5 Finishers
Kilimanjaro Marathon 2019: Half Marathon Event - Female Top 5 Finishers
The Kilimanjaro Marathon has experienced a lot of changes over the last couple of years and we are always aiming to improve the marathon. A new addition to the marathon this year was partnering with Jetline Action Photo who were responsible for race photos for this year’s half marathon and full marathon events. Jetline made it easier for runners to find their race photos as opposed to previous editions (runners received a download link via email or SMS to download their photos).
This year the Kilimanjaro Marathon also partnered with GivenGain who provided a fund raising platform for the official marathon charity, The Kilimanjaro Project. A number of dedicated individual runners took up the challenge and raised money towards the Kilimanjaro Project and we would really like to thank them for their support. A huge thank you goes to Victor Mvuvi was the biggest contributor raising US$ 671.
The race organisers and directors are extremely proud with what happened at this year’s events. A big thank you goes out to our sponsors and partners for the event. Without their support we wouldn’t have been able to put on an event of this magnitude.
Sponsors for the 2019 event include our headline sponsors; Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, Tigo and Grand Malt; our water table sponsors and partners KK Security, Keys Hotel, Kilimanjaro Water, TPC Sugar, Simba Cement, AAR, Kibo Palace, Barclays Bank, Precision Air and CMC Automobiles.