Virtual Ultra Marathon

Play a part in wildlife conservation while getting fit in 2020 by signing up to our innovative virtual ultra marathon! No matter where you are in the world, make your commitment to conservation a part of your lifestyle as you cover 1,200 kms in 365 days. Whether you run, walk, cycle, row, ride, hop, skip or jump the distance (in any combination you please), all that matters is that you do your best to finish the entire route.

You will also spend the year trying to raise $1,000 for wildlife conservation in Kenya - every step along your year-long marathon will then make an actual difference to keeping wild animals safe. By December 31st 2020, you will not only have made a significant contribution, but you will have covered an average of 3kms a day for a year, and can celebrate all the benefits that come with an active lifestyle and doing good.

The route will take you around various different conservancies in Kenya, giving you a chance to learn more about the country and the efforts being made to protect wild spaces and creatures.

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HOW IT WORKS

In 2018, ForRangers and Ol Pejeta Conservancy pioneered the first virtual ultra marathon in Kenya. Enlisting participants from all over the world, the marathon was 1,245 kms long and could be completed from home, tracing a virtual route between Kenya’s rhino parks and conservancies. 31 people took part, and enjoyed receiving information about the wildlife areas as they went from one checkpoint to the next, while maintaining a demanding exercise regime.

For those of you who are not familiar with a virtual ultra, here's how it works:

The event was created for people who want to take part in a significant physical challenge for conservation, but don't have the time, funds, health or even fitness to travel to far-flung corners of the world and participate in an actual ultra marathon. This is much more of a slow-burner, a daily commitment that you can take privately, at your own pace and in your own style. All you need to do is cover a certain distance (see below) within a certain number of days - 365, to be precise. Using a fitness app, you log distances covered in each session - and this can be running, walking, swimming, rowing, playing tennis, riding horses - anything you please! - and enter them into our customised web-app.

The app will reflect your achievements on the leaderboard, showing you how far you've made it along the 'virtual route' - which we mapped out on Google maps, as well as where you've got to compared to everybody else. You also need to raise US$ 1,000 before the year is up - but don't worry, we'll send you lots of tips and ideas to help you get there.

The 2020 route follows a route along conservancies in central and northern Kenya:

Ol Pejeta Conservancy | Mutara | Segera | Lolldaiga | Borana Conservancy | Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Ngare Ndare National Park | Mt Kenya National Park | Meru National Park | Sera National Park | Reteti Elephant Sanctuary | Marsabit National Park | Sibiloi National Park | Lake Turkana | Mt. Elgon National Park

To sign up for our 2020 Virtual Ultra Marathon, you just need to pay US$ 50 registration fee and then get ready to start logging your runs from the 1st January! The registration fee is wholly used as a donation towards conservation.

For information on the 2020 Virtual Ultra, please follow this link here.

For more information about the Virtual Ultra, For Rangers or Ol Pejeta Conservancy, please get in touch with virtualultra@olpejetaconservancy.org.