The Kilimanjaro Marathon and Half Marathon is run at the foothills of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the scenery is spectacular. Tanzania is a diverse country with its towering snow capped mountains, endless plains teeming with game and sun kissed tropical beaches.
The altitude gain is manageable, with the entire race held between 830m and 1150m altitude on good, tarred roads. Combine this race with a Kilimanjaro climb, or a safari to the Serengeti, or perhaps relax for a few days on Zanzibar Island – the perfect destination to rest those weary legs. The race is run in the foothills of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the scenery is spectacular.
Some Information About Mt Kilimanjaro
Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 5 895 metres, this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free standing mountain in the world (as it is not part of a mountain range). Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and the sheer presence of this huge mountain dominates the entire area. An icon in Africa, “Kili“ as she is affectionately known, is one of the sights every person should see at least once in his or her life.
The Kilimanjaro Marathon route leaves Moshi stadium and heads down towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar es Salaam for approximately 8-9 km. This section of the route is relatively flat, and there are plenty of spectators and well-wishers along the road.
You turn around and head back to the town of Moshi, turning toward the mountain and heading up a long, steady ascent towards Mweka. The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly. The route then turns west through a lovely forest area before turning south for a fast downhill run back toward the stadium. Regular water tables as well as ‘sponging points’ and the odd ‘shower’ keep the runners refreshed and cool along the entire route.
The route passes through many smallholding farms, villages, banana and coffee plantations and patches of forest, providing great excitement to the residents who give ample vocal support.
For those running the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon, the route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a short, flat section, it follows the gradual uphill route to Mweka as per the full marathon – before turning towards the stadium again. The atmosphere in the stadium is electric with local bands playing, entertainment, crowds of local enthusiasts to cheer the runners and lots of food and drink for sale. There is also a 5 km fun run.
The Kilimanjaro Marathon and Half Marathon events starts and finishes at the Muccob Stadium in Moshi. The Fun Run starts at the bottom of Muccob Stadium, on Uru Road, and finishes inside the stadium. This may change, please check on registration.
- Marathon 6:30am
- Half Marathon 7:00am
- 5km 7:45am
Cut Off Time
- Marathon 6 hours (12:30pm)
- Half Marathon 5½ hours (12:30pm)
- Fun Run No cut off
Minimum age for the Kilimanjaro Marathon is 20 years and 18 years for the Half Marathon.
Baggage can be stored in the tent near the start line. Do not leave any valuables in your bag.
There will be music at the finish, and sometimes live entertainment will be provided. A number of stalls and stands at the finish will sell food, drinks etc.
You will need a Yellow Fever inoculation. This must be done no later than 10 days prior to departure. If you have had any previous history of liver disorders you must consult your physician first. Malaria prophylactics are a must. Please refer to your own doctor for advice.
Please ensure you have sufficient medical cover for the duration of your trip – especially if climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.