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Runners pass Checkpoint 2 in the Running For Lions half marathon in northern Kenya. (Image Credit: Ewaso Lions)

Runners pass Checkpoint 2 in the Running For Lions half marathon in northern Kenya. (Image Credit: Ewaso Lions)

On May 30th, dozens of community members participated in the 6th annual Running for Lions race in northern Kenya. More than 40 runners turned up for the big day and included Samburu elders, warriors, women, and children.

Ewaso Lions team members take top positions! From left to right: Letupukwa, Yesalai, and Moses. (Image: Ewaso Lions)

Ewaso Lions team members take top positions! From left to right: Letupukwa, Yesalai, and Moses. (Image: Ewaso Lions)

We are very excited to announce that Ewaso Lions staff members took several top positions: Moses, our Head of Security, took 1st place in the Half Marathon Elders Run. Letupukwa, our Cook, came in 2nd (1 hr 29 mins). Yesalai, our Field Officer, came in at 3rd place (1 hr 30 mins) in the Youth Run. Well done to all the runners!

At the end of the run, there were speeches by the organisers and partners who spoke about the importance of conservation with a special focus on protecting lions.

Moses, our Head of Security, passes Checkpoint 2. (Image: Ewaso Lions)

Moses, our Head of Security, passes Checkpoint 2. (Image: Ewaso Lions)

Five years ago, Ewaso Lions conceived Running for Lions as a way to bring together the local community under the banner of conservation, to create unity, and have fun. Starting this year, Running for Lions is now a 100% community-owned event, organized and hosted by Westgate Community Conservancy.

Running through beautiful Westgate Conservancy in northern Kenya. (Image: Ewaso Lions)

Running through beautiful Westgate Conservancy in northern Kenya. (Image: Ewaso Lions)

We are proud to handover Running For Lions, which is in-line with our goal of putting conservation in the hands of local Kenyans. Westgate organised a fantastic race this year, and we look forward to seeing the future of Running for Lions in Kenya!

(This article originally appeared on Ewaso Lions. It has been reprinted here with permission.)

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