Running wild for rangers


Running across open plains in the Mara.

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What you need to know:

  • Ultra running (any route longer than the traditional 42 km marathon distance) is a fairly new sport in East Africa.
  • Over the last few years, though, there have been encouraging signs in Kenya of a growing local interest in trail running.

Running is a peculiar hobby, isn’t it? For the most part you’re gasping for air and gritting your teeth through stitches and stiff limbs. And yet, I’m obsessed. My wife is sick of hearing me talk about it. Even after the most gruelling, soul-sapping run, I’ll already be looking forward to the next one.


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