2020 LEWA Marathon cancelled
The 20202 edition of the Safari Lewa Marathon has been cancelled
The 2020 edition of the Lewa Safari Marathon has been cancelled as Kenya and the rest of the world grapples with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far, Kenya has announced 28 confirmed cases of the now fast spreading virus that has led to cancellation of all sporting events in the world including the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
With its international stature, the LEWA marathon has been known to attract runners from all over the world including USA and Europe which are some of the worst hit nations by the now global pandemic and as nations set up new strict travel restrictions, it will be impossible to have the runners travel for the race especially with no cure or permanent solution in place.
The Kenyan Government has also issued a public declaration advising Kenyans to avoid all non- essential public gatherings.
The 2020 edition of the LEWA Marathon had been scheduled for 27th June at the Lewa Conservancy.
In a statement on Thursday the event organizers through CEO of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mr. Mike Watson noted that, “Hosting a race in a wildlife conservancy comes with a unique set of challenges. For the past 20 years, we have worked to mitigate these challenges and offer all 1400 of our annual runners what we hope is an optimum running experience. Having all of you at Lewa has always been the highlight of our year. Despite our great willingness to push on, having weighed all factors, we have come to the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s race,”
Additionally, the organizers noted that "holding such a highly competitive event to its usual standards may impose a financial strain on the event’s co-sponsors who in this tough business climate will struggle to support the event as they have done before."