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USRC 2nd March 2024 Family Run 738 @ Bao Box, General Mathenge Drive – Westlands

Dear Swaras,

Kili Marathon in Moshi saw yellow smoke from swaras who came from there with lots of accolades from the race and on the party scene too!

The epic photos tell it all!

Congratulations to all who made it to the start line. That alone is a win!!

This Saturday we are going to celebrate and celebrate!! ? ? and we have planned a Family Run as we invite you to bring the little ones who are on mid-term break as well as your brothers, sisters, cousins, friends etc.

Run Venue Location: Bao Box Restaurant in Westlands along General Mathenge Road.

See Google Maps
https://maps.app.goo.gl/HuXNDvrFcsajWAsd6

Distances: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 km

Run Terrain: 95% Tarmac

Registration Required Click link to register: https://forms.gle/P6xbdDQRshKknAkD8

Celebration Cake for:
Kili Marathon champs & March babies cake cutting @ 10.30 A.M

To all, please feel free to bring your Kili Medals

Breakfast -order whatever tickles your fancy from the menu (see attached)

Venue has multiple interactive games. After Run – Eat, Play, Socialize

Run Captain: Joseph Masika

Run will be flagged off at 7 A.M

Link will be closed on Thursday @ 5PM

New Members: Please share this link with your friends who would like to join our club https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Visit our Website http://urbanswaras.co.ke/ and Social Media pages (Facebook & Instagram) like, share and follow

For enquiries you can:

Contact: Club Secretary

Susan Okoma urbanswaras@outlook.com

Urban Swaras Running Club, Nairobi, Kenya

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USRC 10th February Run 735@Rosslyn Riviera Mall along Limuru Rd

Dear Swaras,

Oloolua run served lots of elevation gain and hills that were quite challenging however we do hope that got you ready for Kili Marathon.

This weekend we are running in the city to allow your legs to rest from the trails. Saturdays run will take place at Rosslyn Riviera Mall see google maps for location
https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZPzW1h6F8TTWicx5A

Distances: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 km
Run Terrain 98%Tarmac

Breakfast:@ Replica Cafe and Bakery – Order whatever tickles your fancy from the menu. We encourage members to partake breakfast
Run captain :Susan

Please note: Parking is free
Run flag off @7.00 AM from the basement
Registration Required: click link to register https://forms.gle/YiyKGuk4XjiuHarG9

New Members: Please share this link with your friends who would like to join our club https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Visit our Website http://urbanswaras.co.ke/ and Social Media pages (Facebook & Instagram) like, share and follow

For enquiries you can:

Contact: Club Secretary

Susan Okoma Tel:No: +254722928195/ urbanswaras@outlook.com

Urban Swaras Running Club, Nairobi, Kenya

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USRC 3rd February Run 734 @Imani Resort Oloolua -Ngong/Matasia

Kereita run beautifully served hills, jaw-dropping picturesque scenery and refreshing crisp clean forest air that gave those who attended a clean pair of lungs. The banter at the Forest Restaurant as we took breakfast and watched people zipline was epic!
Check out the photos in the USRC WhatsApp.

This Saturdays run takes place at Imani Resort Oloolua in Ngong-Matasia area for more hills and views of the windmills to get you ready for Kili Marathon.

Distances: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 km
Run Terrain :Approx. 65 % trail.
Breakfast @ Kshs 600

Swimming available@ Ksh.400per adult and Ksh.250 per child
Changing rooms are also available . Remember to carry your change of clothes to stay warm after your run
Run Captain: Peter Muia(Treasurer) please look out for him.

Registration Required: please click link to register
https://forms.gle/Bqj2LiqywfMBthG39
Link will be closed on Thursday at 5PM

New Members: Please share this link with your friends who would like to join our club https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Visit our Website http://urbanswaras.co.ke/ and Social Media pages (Facebook & Instagram) like, share and follow

For enquiries you can:

Contact: Club Secretary

Susan Okoma Tel:No: +254722928195/ urbanswaras@outlook.com

Urban Swaras Running Club, Nairobi, Kenya

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 726 @ AGM, Radix Hotel, Langata

Dear Swaras,

There are always surprises when it comes to Swara runs! This time we had a new venue for Swaras to discover, and we also had kilometres upon kilometres of Runda neighbourhoods that we never knew existed, and to top it all off, we had a boda boda ferry (literally) to take us across a flooded part of the road! All in all, a great Swara outing, and a lovely sociable time all-round. See some photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/e5oUL2AmSuP0aVyE?ref=Link

This week’s run – run and AGM from Radix Hotel, Langata

This weekend we will be having our Annual General Meeting at Radix Hotel, Langata Road. Please note the following timings:

7am – run (open to all, guest fees apply)

8am-11am – breakfast, free for paid-up, current members, payable for guests and non-current members

11am – AGM, open to paid-up, current members. Option of remote (Zoom) attendance possible. Be sure to register.

1pm – lunch, free, for AGM attendees, i.e. paid-up, current members

The AGM agenda is as below:

Preliminaries
Approval of last year’s AGM minutes and matters arising (minutes from last year linked below)
Chairman’s Report on club activities
Treasurer’s report on financial activities
Appointing of auditor (where necessary)
Discussions and voting on changes to membership, subscriptions, and constitution (where necessary)
Election of officials and CRE members
Any other matters for discussion submitted by members at least seven (7) days in advance.
Adjournment
See the Starting Line for more details and to register: https://sway.office.com/e5oUL2AmSuP0aVyE?ref=Link

#HaveYourSay

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 725 @ Rosslyn Riviera Mall

Dear Swaras,

Despite the last-minute change in venue we had a great turnout for our second town run in a row, and the ‘locals’ (those from the Kilieleshwa neighbourhood) came crawling out of the woodwork for a local run! Apologies to those disappointed that we didn’t have the planned trail run, sometimes these things happen, thank for your understanding! This week we’re running from Replica Cafe at Rosslyn Riviera Mall, Limuru Road. Check out some photo highlights and also how to nominate your future Swara Committee in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/AtyLD0AXH3XOiBvG?ref=Link

This week’s run – Replica Cafe, Rosslyn Riviera Mall

This weekend we will be running from Replica Cafe at Rosslyn Riviera Mall, Limuru Road. We will have distances from 10km to 30km, with a scintillating mix of trail and tarmac. See the Starting Line for more details and to register: https://sway.office.com/AtyLD0AXH3XOiBvG?ref=Link

Notice of AGM

The AGM was announced some time ago, and you still have just over a week to nominate the individuals you want to run (pun intended) the club! See full info and link to nominate here: https://sway.office.com/UwtJmyc26qT08NUU?ref=Link

#ReplicaRun

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CHANGE OF VENUE

Dear Swaras,
Unfortunately we will not be able to offer the run at Settler’s View Resort due to route conditions: intense rains, overgrown grass and thicket, too muddy and concerns from tea estate managers.
We are therefore announcing a late change of Venue to Kasuku Centre, Kileleshwa. 
Apologies for any inconvenience caused, we know a few of you had registered and were looking forward to it, as were we as officials! 

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 724 @ Settler’s View Resort, Kiambu

Dear Swaras,

We got back to our roots this past weekend, with a trail run around Nkoroi/Rongai, from The Smith. Those who braved the rain as they left the house were rewarded once they got to The Smith, with clear skies and a not (too) muddy trail! There was also a lovely and lively breakfast shared by all after the run, thank you to all who joined. Kudos to Benja, our Trail Fox, who had to completely remark as a result of the rains, never an easy task. See some photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/NfOCO3xMIgxFcFLz?ref=Link

This week’s run – Settler’s View Resort, Kiambu

This weekend we will be running from Settler’s View Resort in Kiambu. We will have distances from 10km to 30km, with a majority trail. Sadly Lynton Farm Ecogreen run is not happening this year, as previously scheduled, but we will still be running from the same venue, so still expect the same great trail run! See the Starting Line for more details and to register: https://sway.office.com/NfOCO3xMIgxFcFLz?ref=Link

Notice of AGM

Two weeks ago we shared with you notice of our upcoming AGM. Nominations for Officials and CRE will be opening THIS WEEK, keep an eye out, and don’t be afraid to step up to be a part of the leadership of our club!

See below.

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Dear Swara members, 

It is my pleasure, as Secretary of this great club, to formally announce that the Urban Swaras Running Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 2nd December from 11am at The Radix Hotel, Langata Road, open to current members. 

If you are not a member, or your membership is not up to date, you will not be able to attend or vote. We urge you to update your status as soon as possible to ensure you have a voice in how your club is run (no pun intended).

The AGM structure will be as follows:

  1. Preliminaries 
  2. Approval of last year’s AGM minutes and matters arising
  3. Chairman’s Report on club activities
  4. Treasurer’s report on financial activities
  5. Appointing of auditor (where necessary)
  6. Discussions and voting on changes to membership, subscriptions, and constitution (where necessary)
  7. Election of officials and CRE members
  8. Any other matters for discussion submitted by members at least seven (7) days in advance. 
  9. Adjournment

Therefore if you have any matters you would like the club to discuss, and are an active member, please submit them by email to clairesimonebaker@gmail.com at least seven days before the AGM.

By order of the officials and the CRE.

#SettlingDown

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 723 @ The Smith, Rongai

Dear Swaras,

We truly went back in time this weekend, with our Golden Oldies themed end of year dinner, which was a huge hit, and fully booked! There was a soul train, there was poetry, there were awards, there was cake and stickers, there was an award for best dressed, there was a quiz thanks to David Gray of Quizmasters, and there were just enough speeches to make us feel loved by all!

Thanks to all who attended and made it such an event to remember. Special thanks to our sponsors, Shiwan Adventures, Kingvale Insurance, and Avani Patel. Also thanks to our members who volunteered to put the event together: Njeri the Poet (MC), Margaret Njuguna (awards), Malaika (decor), and Felicita. Thanks also to James and Benja for helping out on the night. Well done to all who won awards, and also to ALL who survived the Urban Swaras 2023, what a running year we’ve had! See some awesome photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/4s6wS88Vi1HAOceZ?ref=Link

Before that we also had a very present-day run from Ambo Gardens, a great way to warm up for the evening party!

This week’s run – The Smith, Rongai

Join us at The Smith Hotel in Rongai, for some nice trail and dirt roads, oh how we’ve missed you! Distances on offer from 10km to 30km. See the Starting Line for more details and to register: https://sway.office.com/4s6wS88Vi1HAOceZ?ref=Link

Notice of AGM

Last week we shared with you notice of our upcoming AGM. Nominations for Officials and CRE will be opening soon, keep an eye out, and don’t be afraid to step up to be a part of the leadership of our club!

See below.

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Dear Swara members,

It is my pleasure, as Secretary of this great club, to formally announce that the Urban Swaras Running Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 2nd December from 11am at The Radix Hotel, Langata Road, open to current members.

If you are not a member, or your membership is not up to date, you will not be able to attend or vote. We urge you to update your status as soon as possible to ensure you have a voice in how your club is run (no pun intended).

The AGM structure will be as follows:

Preliminaries
Approval of last year’s AGM minutes and matters arising
Chairman’s Report on club activities
Treasurer’s report on financial activities
Appointing of auditor (where necessary)
Discussions and voting on changes to membership, subscriptions, and constitution (where necessary)
Election of officials and CRE members
Any other matters for discussion submitted by members at least seven (7) days in advance.
Adjournment
Therefore if you have any matters you would like the club to discuss, and are an active member, please submit them by email to clairesimonebaker@gmail.com at least seven days before the AGM.

By order of the officials and the CRE.

#RongaiRongirl

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 722 @ Ambo Gardens, Lavington

Dear Swaras,

What an epic running weekend it was for the entire Nairobi recreational running community! After our well-attended run from Lava Latte on Saturday, with stretches by the incomparable Elvis Abonyo (kudos to him), on Sunday tens of thousands of runners poured out to run the 5, 10, 21, and 42km runs at Stan Chart, and the vibe was electric! I know for a fact we had a number of PBs, and some maiden marathons/half marathons, and I hope you’re all still enjoying that runners’ high! We hope you enjoyed the tent, and sharing it with a couple of other recreational running clubs, and a BIG thank you to Benja, James, Avani, John and Levyne, who volunteered from eeeearly morning to support the runners for the full course, and also those who went back out onto the course to support on tired legs after their own runs (notably Felicita, Richard and David). It was a beautiful day, and, I’m sure you’ll agree, a great day to be a Swara! See MANY photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/31i9jPP4hV2zvHsm?ref=Link

If you’ve not yet booked your spot at the end of year dinner, you have until Wednesday 1st November 5pm to do so! What are you waiting for?! I’m pleased to announced that the 3,500ksh booking fee WILL include ONE beer or wine for those who want something more than ‘just’ the runner’s high 😉 Time is ticking:

You also have until end of today (Monday 30th October) to nominate who you want to be honoured in the end of year awards: https://forms.gle/oiB1BcWTFfPjFxWA8

This week’s run – Ambo Gardens

Join us at Ambo Gardens in Lavington for a cool-down run, with distances from 10km to 30km, mostly on tarmac. Come out in numbers, so we can witness the transformation from sweaty runners to swinging 60s divas and dancers for the evening party 😉 See the Starting Line for more details and to register: https://sway.office.com/31i9jPP4hV2zvHsm?ref=Link

Upcoming runs

Not a run but a party!

Let’s celebrate our running year together, with a dinner and opportunity to dress up and party, with the Urban Swaras End of Year Dinner 2023. 

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Venue: Qaribu Inn, Waiyaki Way, Loresho

Date: Saturday 4th November

Time: 6.30pm till late

Theme: Golden Oldies – 60s and 70s retro! Crack out those bell bottoms, big lapel jackets, platform heels, or anything else you think captures the spirit of those classic technicolour decades. 

Tickets; 3,500 KES, inclusive of three course dinner and soft drink or local beer or glass of wine.

Extras: DJ and cash bar, and some little surprises for sure!

Paybill number 222111, account number 2106011, business name Urban Swaras Running Club

We have a new sponsor! Thanks to Shiwan Adventures for sponsoring the event, you can find out more about their adventure and team building services here: https://www.facebook.com/ShiwanAdventures

Link to book: https://forms.gle/ffx3uxdsyV477kyt9

#GetYourGrooveOn

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Urban Swaras Run 721 @ Lava Latte, State House Road

Well done Swaras and guests alike, you turned out in full force for this week’s Valley Arcade run, knocked the trail (metaphorically) out of the park, and we even had a veteran Swara reunion after the run, with some founding members coming together to reminisce and admire how far their club has come. That’s testament to you all, as members and supporters of this unique, almost 15 year old recreational running club, led by volunteers, and driven by the pure passion that #RunningIsLiving. And have you booked your spot at the end of year dinner yet?! What are you waiting for?! Time is ticking: https://forms.gle/ffx3uxdsyV477kyt9

See Starting Line for some photo highlights: https://sway.office.com/rBAP6FujCJmOmCH7?ref=Link

We still have a couple of singlets and of course, the ubiquitous yellow t shirt in plenty! Pick one up at your next run.

All those who registered for Stan Chart by end of Monday 9th October, your kits are available for collection from the next run, or reach out to us to arrange for delivery. Everyone else, you will collect your kits from Uhuru Gardens from the 23rd October.

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

This week we are having a short shake-out run from Lava Latte on State House Road, with distances of 5, 10, and 15km only. A chance to ground yourself before your big marathon on Sunday, or to get a few kms in if you’re just in it for fun! You can stay on for a sociable breakfast with your fellow Swaras, with a great breakfast offer provided by the venue. Post-run stretching will be led by our very own Elvis Abonyo. See Starting Line for more details and to register: https://sway.office.com/rBAP6FujCJmOmCH7?ref=Link

Upcoming runs

Stan Chart

Stan Chart is this weekend, in case you missed it! Registration is now CLOSED. A few important bits of info:

  • Whatever distance you’re running, get there early enough to not be in a rush. Starting times are 6am for the full, 7am for the half, and 8am for the 10km.
  • There will be a small Swara tent in the run village, shared with a couple of other running clubs, for you to leave belongings at, but of course, we advise against leaving valuables there. We advise against bringing your car, instead use public means or get dropped off. Look for the Swara teardrop banners to locate the tent.
  • There will be Stan Chart standard support on the course, and some special Swara support, thanks to an able group of generous volunteers. PLEASE wear your Swara t shirt/singlet/jacket/cap for them to recognise you! The Swara volunteers will also be Swara branded so you can’t miss them.
  • Cheer on your fellow runners! Give a smile or a thumbs up to someone doing well, someone struggling, or someone you recognise, it really can go a long way.
  • When you’re finished, it’s always nice to cheer on at the finish line, or find a spot along the course to cheer on those who haven’t yet finished, we strongly encourage you to do so!
  • Enjoy the run! We wish each and every one of you the very best.

Not a run but a party!

Let’s celebrate our running year together, with a dinner and opportunity to dress up and party, with the Urban Swaras End of Year Dinner 2023.

Venue: Qaribu Inn, Waiyaki Way, Loresho

Date: Saturday 4th November

Time: 6.30pm till late

Theme: Golden Oldies – 60s and 70s retro! Crack out those bell bottoms, big lapel jackets, platform heels, or anything else you think captures the spirit of those classic technicolour decades.

Tickets; 3,500 KES, inclusive of three course dinner and soft drink

Extras: DJ and cash bar, and some little surprises for sure!

Paybill number 222111, account number 2106011, business name Urban Swaras Running Club

We have a new sponsor! Thanks to Shiwan Adventures for sponsoring the event, you can find out more about their adventure and team building services here: https://www.facebook.com/ShiwanAdventures

Link to book: https://forms.gle/ffx3uxdsyV477kyt9

#RunningIsLiving