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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 683 @ Cellar’s Grill, Ngong Road

It’s really not fair to anyone to create such jealousy, so for those of you who didn’t make it to The Forest last weekend for the Saturday Swara run, you can punish yourself by looking at the photos in the Starting Line, and listening to the stories of those who were there. That is enough to make sure you don’t miss it next time! But not to worry, there is a run EVERY Saturday, so you don’t have long to wait till the next one, and this time we’re running from Cellar’s Grill, on Ngong Road, the home of delicious smoked meats, good wine, and great Saturday town runs! See The Starting Line for more info: https://sway.office.com/kdzHKqMIKFP3uxBx?ref=Link

Find the updated new member information and sign up form here, for aspiring members to get started here: https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Also, if you don’t yet follow us on Instagram, what are you waiting for?? We post all sorts of fun content, and run info is also posted every week. You can even tag us in your stories/posts and we might just reshare your content 🙂

This week’s run: Cellar’s Grill, Ngong Road

Kilimanjaro Marathon is less than a month away, so whereas The Forest was an opportunity to practice on some hills and some altitude, this Saturday we give you the opportunity to get some speed going, with a run from Cellar’s Grill, on Ngong Road (near Nairobi Hospital). Link to register: https://forms.gle/5kCPnXYhWBrchE996

Kilimanjaro Marathon 2023

The Kili Marathon 2023 is taking place on Sunday 26th February. This is a HUGE deal for the Nairobi running community, and usually sees hundreds of Kenyan runners cross the border to run. Register right away here: https://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/ (registration closes in a month).

We as Urban Swaras try to help give everyone the best experience by helping to arrange transport and accommodation. To this end we have arranged the following (read carefully, the questions you have are all answered below)!:

  1. Transport by return shuttle with Impala Shuttle. Leaving Nairobi Saturday morning 6am from Parkside Hotel Monrovia Street. You will dropped at your hotel, if you are staying at a Swara Hotel. Return shuttle is 4,000ksh, or 2,000ksh one-way. Please make payment to Buy Goods Till Number 5360791 (Impala Shuttle) then call/text/Whatsapp +254 727 377 771 or +254 710 354 845 with your name, whether a single or return journey, indicating that you are with the Urban Swara Running Club, and desired dates of travel. Return travel options are Sunday afternoon (after the race) or Monday morning.
  2. All Swara rooms are now booked, and we ask that those on the list sent last week pay right away to confirm their bookings. See below for payment information: We recommend using the m pesa app to pay, using M-Pesa Global, or dial *840# to opt in to M Pesa global without the app. LUTHERAN UHURU HOSTEL – M PESA GLOBAL Vodacom Send money: +255752347849 (Idda shirima).Single: 90,000 TSH Double/Twin: 130,000 TSH for the whole room. KILIMANJARO SAFARI LODGE – M PESA GLOBAL Vodacom send money: +255755 692905 (Aggrey Sawaya). Single: 60,000 TSH Triple: 95,000 TSH for the whole room. GOLDEN VIEW HOTEL: M PESA GLOBAL Vodacom Send money: +255759 878 065 (Hakili Simon Vigelo) Single: 100,000 TSH Twin/Double: 150,000 TSH for the whole room. PLEASE NOTE COSTS ARE PER NIGHT.
  3. Bibs will be collected for the club in Moshi, and will be ready for collection at the Lutheran Uhuru Hotel from Saturday (the day before the race) at the latest. You must provide your bib number in advance, so please provide it as you complete the form here.

Find all info in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/kdzHKqMIKFP3uxBx?ref=Link

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 682 @ The Forest, Kereita + An Audience With…

I did warn you there would be hills and trails, and by golly we did not disappoint on Saturday! What I didn’t warn you about what how cheap and filling breakfast at The Shed would be 😉 I hope you all enjoyed this Saturday’s run, and lo and behold, next Saturday is going to be EVEN BETTER! A friendly reminder to please register in advance for runs, by Thursday 5pm. This saves time at the start of the run, and is also essential for planning the run logistics in advance. Thank you!

Find the updated new member information and sign up form here, for aspiring members to get started here: https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

This week’s run: The Forest, Kereita

We are going back to The Forest, for an exceptional trail run that I know MANY of you look forward to since we introduced it to the Swara calendar a couple of years ago. So take heed, this one will be hilly and traily, just how we like it, and you may be tempted to camp out here for the whole day as they have a lovely restaurant, a plethora of outdoor activities (ziplining, archery, bike riding, foot golf, etc.), and views for days! Distances on the day will be from 10km all the way up to 35km. See the Starting Line for full info, and to register. Please note we will have a slightly later start time of 7.30am, to allow everyone to travel from Nairobi. Pay attention to the directions below, as Google Maps will try and mislead you and you will end up in the middle of the Aberdares!

Scroll down the Starting Line for some other runs coming up in the next few weeks you might be interested in: https://sway.office.com/87bfL03mH4shXm7i?ref=Link

Swara Zoom Session! An Audience With…

This week we have a Swara Zoom session, consisting of An Audience With Dr Kiptolo Boit of Nextgen Fitness, on the theme ‘Runners- Fueling The Right Way For Optimal Performance’.

Wednesday January 25th, 2023, 7pm live on Zoom.

Link to join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82065210923?pwd=TkozNXNkWC9JSEVvdHlmMVYzcHZoUT09

Meeting ID: 820 6521 0923

Passcode: 119596

Kilimanjaro Marathon 2023

Please fill in the form here to if you would like us to collect your bib for you. All rooms are now full, and anyone who was in the list sent last week, please make payment asap to secure the room.

Form to fill: https://forms.gle/ULzTXCYcHYvCNUJy7

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 681 @ The Shed, Mwimuto

I hope you all had a great running weekend. I know many of you were at the Saturday Swara Run from Valley Arcade, but wherever you were, I hope it was fantastic! See some photo highlights in this week’s Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/gFDCrfNZAbahWY3t?ref=Link

As it it is the beginning of the year, I want to take a quick moment to say WELCOME to all our new guests, and members, and also say a big ‘YOU CAN DO IT’ to the people setting running goals and intentions for the year. It’s a great time to set any sort of goal. Ideally make it a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound). A good example would be ‘run a half marathon by August 2023, in under 2 hours 15 mins, and work towards it by running at least twice a week, including the Swara weekly run at least twice a month!’ Let us know if/when you hit your goal so we can celebrate with you 🙂

Find the updated new member information and sign up form here, for aspiring members to get started here: https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Also, if you don’t yet follow us on Instagram, what are you waiting for?? We post all sorts of fun content, and run info is also posted every week. You can even tag us in your stories/posts and we might just reshare your content 🙂

https://www.instagram.com/urbanswarasrunningclub/

This week’s run: The Shed Lounge, Mwimuto

Have you missed the trail? We have! With the holiday (aka ‘lazy’) season behind us, let’s get back to the hills, the trail, the true Swara adventure! We will be running from The Shed Lounge, Mwimuto, for a majority trail run. Distances go from 5km to 35km, so something for everyone! Beginners to ultra marathoners.

See full details and link to register in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/gFDCrfNZAbahWY3t?ref=Link

#NewYearNewGoals

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 680 @ Valley Arcade, Kilimani

What a way to kick off the year! We had a superb run in Karen, and we welcomed a LOT of new guests and members. Why don’t you all spread the word and try and get more people involved in running? Bring a friend, a colleague or a neighbour along for a run (just make sure they know what they’re letting themselves in for)! Just forward them the info below so they can join us one Saturday, or ask them if they want to join our mailing list. All are welcome to the Swaras! See photo highlights from the run in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/tYBVo6V3nKQwK9ni?ref=Link

Find the updated new member information and sign up form here, for aspiring members to get started here: https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

This week’s run: Valley Arcade, Kilimani

This Saturday, we’re running from Valley Arcade. This will be a majority town run, so speedsters, or people training for Kilimanjaro, it’s a great chance to get a long run in, with distances from 5km up to 30km.

See full details and link to register here: https://sway.office.com/tYBVo6V3nKQwK9ni?ref=Link

Kilimanjaro Marathon 2023

The Kili Marathon 2023 is taking place on Sunday 26th February. This is a HUGE deal for the Nairobi running community, and usually sees hundreds of Kenyan runners cross the border to run. Register right away here: https://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/ (registration closes in a month).

We as Urban Swaras try to help give everyone the best experience by helping to arrange transport and accommodation. To this end we have arranged the following (read carefully, the questions you have are all answered below)!:

  1. Transport by return shuttle with Impala Shuttle. Leaving Nairobi Saturday morning 6am from Parkside Hotel Monrovia Street. You will dropped at your hotel, if you are staying at a Swara Hotel. Return shuttle is 4,000ksh, or 2,000ksh one-way. Please make payment to Buy Goods Till Number 5360791 (Impala Shuttle) then call/text/Whatsapp +254 727 377 771 or +254 710 354 845 with your name, whether a single or return journey, indicating that you are with the Urban Swara Running Club, and desired dates of travel. Return travel options are Sunday afternoon (after the race) or Monday morning.
  2. Accommodation at Lutheran. We have been welcomed at Lutheran Uhuru Hostel, walking distance to the marathon start line, for many years. They offer single rooms at TSH 90,000 (Approx KSH 4,700) or double/twin rooms at TSH 130,000 for two (approx KSH 6,880) including breakfast each day and dinner on the Saturday evening. The accommodation is simple and comfortable, and there is no noisy bar to prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep! We have 20 rooms, which can each accommodate one or two people. Rooms will be given to members as first priority, and we strongly encourage sharing, to cut costs and also maximise the number of people we can fit. If these rooms fill up we will seek an alternative.
  3. Bibs will be collected in Moshi, and will be ready for collection at the Lutheran Uhuru Hotel from Saturday at the latest. You must provide your bib number in advance, so please provide it as you complete the form below.

Please fill in the form here to confirm your plans, and request your room (payment will be required once it is confirmed by return message to you, and only upon payment will it be booked). If you are looking for a roommate, please indicate so in the form. You will be contacted on the email address or Whatsapp you provide, to proceed to payment, so please keep an eye out in the coming days after you express interest)!

Form to fill as soon as possible (first come first served): https://forms.gle/ULzTXCYcHYvCNUJy7

If you are NOT a current member you will be put on the waiting list for accommodation.

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 677 @ Arboretum

We had Swaras doing great things all over this weekend: we had Swaras attending the run in Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary, Swaras running loop de loop around a track setting some new records (well done Peter ‘Chicharrito’ on running 100 miles in 24 hours!!) and we had Swaras rubbing shoulders with the GOAT in Iten, amongst many other exploits happening concurrently! Find some photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/SaAwNCbQ4mJHrZkT?ref=Link

Find the updated new member information and sign up form here, for aspiring members to sign up: https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

This week’s run: Arboretum

This Saturday, Christmas Eve, we’re running from Arboretum. We will have distances of 10, 15, 20, and 25km, mostly on tarmac. Come out for a last run with your Swara buddies before Christmas!

See full details and register in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/SaAwNCbQ4mJHrZkT?ref=Link

#ChristmasEveArboretum

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 676 @ Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary

Last Saturday (seems like so long ago, what with the long weekend) we were running in Kiambu, with the Ecogreen run. Well done to all who planted trees and helped to re-green our country! We also co-hosted a Jamhuri Day Run for Avani and Niraj. Thank you to all who supported them. If you would still like to support them financially in their pursuit of justice and rebuilding their family home, you may do so using the following dedicated Paybill line set up by a friend of Avani and Niraj: Paybill number 8051878, Account: your name. Find some photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/colmOzlUXBL9gISw?ref=Link

Find the updated new member information and sign up form here, for aspiring members to sign up: https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

This week’s run: Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary

This Saturday 17th December we will be in Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary. If you’ve not yet discovered this sanctuary in the middle of the city, what are you waiting for?! There are marked trails all year round, but we will be adding extra Swara marks to ensure noone gets lost. There will be distances of 5, 10, 15, and 21km. Find full info and the link to sign up here: https://sway.office.com/colmOzlUXBL9gISw?ref=Link

#SanctuaryInTheCity

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 675 @ Lynton Farm Eco Green Run, Kiambu

Dear Swaras,

This weekend we had our AGM and a run from West Wood Hotel. We had a fantastic turnout and a great road run around Westlands/Parklands/Spring Valley (what felt like half of Nairobi)! You will find the AGM minutes included herein for your perusal. The main takeaways: membership will be increased by 100ksh a month, i.e. 300ksh a quarter. This means instead of 1,500ksh per quarter, it will be 1,800ksh per quarter. Find the updated new member information and sign up form here, for aspiring members to sign: https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/ See some photo highlights in the Starting Line and the AGM minutes attached: https://sway.office.com/dQlnTIXkG4t0RzCD?ref=Link

This week’s run: Lynton Farm Eco green Run

This week we are hosted by Eco Green for the Lynton Farm Eco green run. Savor the lush tea/coffee fields of Kiambu as we run in an effort to conserve and sustain the ecosystem and usher in the festive season! We will be running from Settler’s View resort, with distances of 10 to 30km. The run is free for members, but guests are encouraged to pay the 1,000ksh registration fee inclusive of breakfast and other treats. Breakfast is available to those who wish to, for 500ksh payable in advance to Wilson 0722724032 . Anyone can contribute to the tree planting if they wish, through the details on the poster in the Starting Line (where you will find all details): https://sway.office.com/dQlnTIXkG4t0RzCD?ref=Link

Jamhuri Run for Avani and Niraj

We have an extra special bonus run on Jamhuri Day, an initiative of all the Nairobi recreational running clubs coming together to show solidarity with Avani and Niraj, two recreational runners who are much treasured and valued by the entire community and who have endured an unbelievable hardship in recent weeks, as you must have seen in the news. They have essentially lost their family home to illegal land grabbing and thugs. This run is open to anyone, and the clubs will be covering most of the costs, so you can pay 500ksh for breakfast, and we invite you to make a contribution which will be forwarded to the family. Details below!

Date: Monday 12th December. Distances: 10, 15, 20, 25km. Venue: Parklands Sports Club. Flagging off: 7am, assembly from 6.30am. Breakfast: 500ksh. Breakfast payable to: Urban Swaras m pesa 0740912116 (Samuel Waweru). Contributions: any contribution for Avani and Niraj that anyone wishes to make to be forwarded to 0740912116 (Samuel Waweru). Registration: https://forms.gle/SWwmzpubEdAbtju89

#PlantATree

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 674 @ AGM, West Wood Hotel, Westlands

Dear Swaras, 

Sorry, I truly am sorry, for making all of you who didn’t attend Saturday’s Tigoni run so very jealous, with the views and the photos. But it’s Tigoni! You know it’s going to be amazing! Next time, don’t miss it. We had a great welcome and a fantastic breakfast package at the revamped cafe at the Rubis Tigoni, now called Nifty Cafe. For everyone who got bonus kilometres thanks to our Trail Fox’s overzealousness with the trail and the chalk, I hope you enjoyed every single one of them! See some photo highlights here: https://sway.office.com/6BDFceiIDvmLound?ref=Link

This week’s run: Run and AGM, West Wood Hotel, Westlands

This week we have our Annual General Meeting. It is very important that the AGM has quorum, either in person or online, so please, if you are an active member, we ask that you either attend in-person at West Wood Hotel, or online, and be an active part of the club. If your membership is not up to date, please update it by sending the required amount to the club’s m pesa line , 0740 912 116 (Samuel Waweru). All attendees will be checked for membership status. Register now: https://forms.gle/2husP9XLgzUG2njm7

Zoom details below for online attendance for those unable to attend in-person. There will be FREE breakfast and lunch for members, so it’s worth your while to attend in-person! There will be a couple of important matters discussed, including membership fees, and a landmark Swara financial audit. Ensure you register for all of the options you plan to attend (run/breakfast/AGM/lunch/online AGM) for planning purposes in the registration form. You may come for the run and leave before the AGM if you are not a member, or skip the run and come for the AGM if you are a member! All combos are possible. There will be run distances of 10km up to 25km.

AGM Saturday 3rd December, 11am.

Link to join meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82207500169?pwd=YS9RZENJRmxxRTlRZzJqQ1BHQ3JGdz09

Meeting ID: 822 0750 0169

Passcode: 121626

Full details in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/6BDFceiIDvmLound?ref=Link

#HaveYourSay #HaveYourFill

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 672 @ Lava Latte, State House Road

I think when the founders of this town named it they made a mistake…it should clearly be RUNgai, not RONgai! We certainly ran it, up, down, around, through, and then back to The Smith hotel for breakfast and perusing of Enda shoes! Thanks to our run captain, Michael Nawari for organising this run. See some photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/REhpUqGUsKn5vRT9?ref=Link

If you missed the Swara Gala official photos, catch them here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wgaMWA142u5HJpaNqlN0WIzBNhDXnd2W

We also shared notice of the upcoming AGM on Saturday 3rd December, be sure to save the date to have a voice in our club!

This week’s run: Lava Latte, State House Road

We are running from a new venue this Saturday! Lava Latte is on State House Road, just opposite State House itself, at 209 State House Road, very close to Arboretum. We have t shirts for sale, and some other goodies. Distances on offer will be 10km up to 30km, and they have an ample breakfast and brunch menu, so you may order a la carte should you wish to stay for breakfast. Click here for full details and to register: https://sway.office.com/REhpUqGUsKn5vRT9?ref=Link

An Audience With…

We have our next ‘An Audience With…’ Zoom session this Wednesday, and our special guest is none other than Henry Wanyioke, legendary Paralympian and record holder, and he will be speaking on Mindset and Teamwork.

Link to join on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86338554021?pwd=V3M1TVBTeXJPK0tXSlJLZkZPUGx6UT09

Meeting ID: 863 3855 4021

Passcode: 406683

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 671 @ The Smith, Rongai

Surely I’m not the only one with barely any voice left, and sore feet (from something other than running) after that weekend?! We started off with the All Clubs Run from Karen Waterfront, with a mega turnout with people from all different Nairobi running clubs, and the presence of NextGen Health, providing injury checkups and physio consults. Then we followed that up with the Swara Gala! See photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/FuGXaYeHkHdDrX7c?ref=Link

150 people, 9 sponsors, more than 80 medals given out, 3 guests of honour, and a LOT of cheering, clapping, inspiring, dancing! The official pictures will be shared soon. There are too many people to thank, but just to highlight a few:

Ferdinand Omanyala and his wife Laventa Omanyala – that’s right, the fastest man in Africa graced the gala and shared some words of wisdom with us!

Douglas Wakiihuri, Olympian, coach, and all-round sportsman who now even has a road named after him roused the crowd with his inspirational stories.

Our sponsors, Family Bank, Zenith Steel, Salomon East Africa, Run Beyond, VMX Fitness, Cellar’s Grill/Afrika Lodges, Shem Kiptoon, Sam Ndungu, and one anonymous sponsor!

Our MCs, Charlie and Susan Okoma, who lit up the entire night with their entertaining and for making us laugh and dance.

The marvellous organising committe, who put the whole thing together, led by Joseph Masika, with Carol N, Marylyne Chebet, Michael Nawari, Shem Kiptoon, and Davis Munene. This group of volunteers went above and beyond, for the love of running and the club, and the recreational running community!

And finally, all of you who attended!

We hope this is not a one-off, but we would like to know your thoughts, on whether we should make it an annual event, what you enjoyed, what you would have wanted to see more of…please share your quick feedback here before Friday this week: https://forms.gle/9GVXsvW8Y4qEf9kW9

We have a small number of mileage medals left (1,000-1,999km, 3,000-3,999 km, and 4,000-4,999km, available for 1,000ksh on a first come first served basis. Please contact Claire to book yours, Safaricom 0792 745 372 / Whatsapp +33615209676

This week’s run: The Smith, Rongai

Let’s head to The Smith in Rongai for a bit of trail after quite a few tarmac runs! There will be distances from 10 to 35km (all distances are approximate) and there will be an optional runner’s breakfast afterwards. See the Starting Line for full details and to register: https://sway.office.com/FuGXaYeHkHdDrX7c?ref=Link

Notice of Swara AGM

We hereby give notice that the Swara Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd December. More information to come on details of this, and nominations for the office of Patron.

#RunningOnSoreFeet