L’engai Volcano to feature in Loliondo-Serengeti Marathon 2019

02Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
L’engai Volcano to feature in Loliondo-Serengeti Marathon 2019

THE third installment of the improved Loliondo-Serengeti Marathon may have been moved from its previous December dates to early November but the active Volcano of Oldonyo L’engai remains under its docket.

Ngorongoro District Commissioner Rashid Taka has already outfitted a special preparatory committee for the race in order to ensure that this year’s event, despite being scheduled for earlier dates, surpasses previous marathons in recorded successes.

The race coordinator, Paul Dudui, said they have decided to change its running time from the previous December dates and choosing to stage this year’s event in November because the final month of the year is usually a busy one as people travel for their holidays.

Loliondo-Serengeti Marathon is aimed at promoting the ecology of the Serengeti plains and surrounding precincts in terms of tourism, wildlife conservation and the preservation of natural vegetation within the legendary eco-system.

The Serengeti eco-system, which the race focuses on, consists of Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Loliondo Game Controlled Area, Lake Natron and Maswa Game Reserves, Oldonyo L’engai Volcano and Kenya’s Maasai Mara.

Speaking of the race achievements since its inception in 2017, the organizers explained that, participants from various countries have helped to promote the local tourists attractions while the marathon itself is also a form of tourism through running.

According to Dudui, the Loliondo-Serengeti Marathon is essentially a 21 kilometers’ racing event.

“We had intended to stretch the distance into a full 42.2 kilometers’ Marathon but we are still facing some technical bugs that once ironed, we may attain it next year 2020,” he said.

The race will take place in the Wasso Ward of Loliondo Division in Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region in the further northern border of Kenya and Tanzania.

Unlike other marathons, participants of the Loliondo-Serengeti Marathon are not required to incur any registration charges.

“It is a free for all race, comprising of the main 21 kilometers, 10 kilometers and 5 kilometers,” said the coordinator said.

After the race, all the registered participants will enjoy excursion tours of nearby attractions such as the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Lake Natron, miraculously shifting sands and parts of the Serengeti plains.