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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

#ALatteRunning

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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

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 670 @ Waterfront, Karen + Swara Gala!

How to condense the weekend into just a few soundbites?? Impossible! The photos in the Starting Line speak more than a million words, but so do the sore muscles, the happy but tired faces floating around Nairobi today, and the Strava stats telling tales of PBs and personal triumphs! See photo highlights here: https://sway.office.com/F6UNY9x2FxqRp4vM?ref=Link

We started off with the short but sweet Swara run on Saturday around Upper Hill, followed by a HUGE group stretching session with the wonderful Elvis Abonyo. He can whip even the most inflexible, weakest person into shape in no time! We had a convivial breakfast at Public Service Club, dispensed some kits and t shirts, and then went to rest ahead of the big day. On the day we had upwards of 100 Swaras teeming around Uhuru Gardens, running either the 10km, 21km, 42km, or the corporate relay (we had a superstar Swara team competing). We also had a veritable army of support volunteers who were out as early as the runners were, with signs that went viral, and supplies that saved the day.

Well done to ALL who ran, you brightened up the run, and it was wonderful to see SO many recreational runners running together, cheering each other on, and sharing space in this running world of ours. See just a small selection of the many wonderful photos taken on the day. Well done to the Swara relay team (Faith, Joan, David and Esther) who came first in the running clubs category!! Check out some photo highlights from the weekend in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/F6UNY9x2FxqRp4vM?ref=Link

This week’s run: Waterfront Mall, Karen

This weekend brings us the first Swara Gala! And to kick off the weekend we are inviting ALL recreational runners, from all clubs and all walks of life, to join us for a pre-Gala run at Waterfront Karen! The run will be FREE to members of other clubs – that’s right, no guest fees, so we can all run together in solidarity, and then go home, get dolled up, and meet for the evening party at Emara Ole Sereni! If you’ve not got your tickets for the gala yet you have until Wednesday 2nd November. Hurry hurry! Full details and to register in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/F6UNY9x2FxqRp4vM?ref=Link

Next Gen Kenya will be offering FREE running injury screenings, and discounted physio sessions at the Saturday run, so do not miss out. 

Inaugural Swara Gala – reserve your ticket!

For the first time, the Urban Swaras Running Club is inviting you to a Swara Gala! A sophisticated, celebratory, evening event, bringing together club members, other members of the Nairobi Recreational Running community, and some special guests for a dinner, dance, entertainment, and awards ceremony.

Tickets cost 3,500ksh, and cover all of the above. The event is open to all members of the recreational running community and their guests, and in fact we invite members of other running or sports clubs to join us in a special event of running solidarity and celebration, so please do invite your friends and loved ones. Mileage medals will be awarded for those who register early on the link below.

Please book your tickets using this link, pick your outfit, and practice your dance moves and award acceptance speech, the Gala is around the corner! Booking link: https://forms.gle/jcamFzMR2uCuCZKEA

Our wonderful and generous sponsors of the event are listed in the Starting Line

Please collect your Duka La Swara goodies or Mount Kenya Ultra goodies at the next run, or ask someone to pick them for you. After this Saturday they will be sold off or donated.  

#GalaGladRags

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 669 @ Stan Chart Warmup Run, Public Service Club, Upper Hille

Dear Swaras,
A great run was had by all from Bavaria Gardens, Westlands, and a big thank you to Annika for volunteering to help with registration; even if she can’t run, she’s very much a part of the club 🙂 Check out the Starting Line for some photo highlights: https://sway.office.com/R8MdClTnkekE2CrQ?ref=Link I hope you’re all looking forward to the two next big events on the Swara calendar: 1. Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon happening this Sunday, and 2. The Swara Gala! 

For the marathon, be sure to collect your kits any day this week from Uhuru Gardens (just give your name and show your confirmation email). Then for the Gala, be sure to book to ensure you get your distance medal and you don’t miss out (once we’re fully booked we will close bookings). Link to book: https://forms.gle/jcamFzMR2uCuCZKEA

There will be support for all Stan Chart runners (hurrah) provided by all the running clubs banding together so BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR SWARA TEE! If you don’t have one yet, get one at the Saturday run.

This week’s run: Public Service Club, Upper Hill

To mark the 24-hour countdown to Stan Chart, this Saturday we will have a 7km warm-up/shakeout run from Public Service Club, Upper Hill. Post-run stretching (to also calm the nerves!!) will be led by Elvis Abonyo, superstar strength and personal trainer. Show up at 7am, see you there! Get full info and the link to register in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/R8MdClTnkekE2CrQ?ref=Link

Inaugural Swara Gala – reserve your ticket!

For the first time, the Urban Swaras Running Club is inviting you to a Swara Gala! A sophisticated, celebratory, evening event, bringing together club members, other members of the Nairobi Recreational Running community, and some special guests for a dinner, dance, entertainment, and awards ceremony.

Tickets cost 3,500ksh, and cover all of the above. The event is open to all members of the recreational running community and their guests, and in fact we invite members of other running or sports clubs to join us in a special event of running solidarity and celebration, so please do invite your friends and loved ones. Mileage medals will be awarded for those who register early on the link below.

Please book your tickets using this link, pick your outfit, and practice your dance moves and award acceptance speech, the Gala is around the corner! Booking link: https://forms.gle/jcamFzMR2uCuCZKEA

Our wonderful and generous sponsors of the event are all featured in the Starting Line, check them out!

#CountdownToStanChart

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 668 @ Bavaria Gardens, Westlands

Did many of you know that ACK St Paul’s Kiambu holds some great historical importance? I’m pretty sure that none of you realised that, instead focusing on the trail in front of you, and the breakfast at the finish line! Great fun and great running was had by all, and yet another Saturday well spent with the Swaras! Find some photo highlights here: https://sway.office.com/fbOdtGKclaXHZaqD?ref=Link

We also had some outstanding runs happening in Amsterdam, well done to all who excelled and truly flew the Swara flag high. We salute you all! 

This week’s run: Bavaria Gardens, Westlands

As we approach the starting line of the Standard Chartered Marathon 2022, we are toning down on the hills and the trail, so this week we will be at Bavaria Gardens, Westlands, with a majority tarmac run, with distances from 10km to 25km. See below for full details and how to register. And don’t forget to register for Stan Chart right away! We are also forming Swara relay teams, so get in touch if you want to be on the relay team (clairesimonebaker@gmail.com / Whatsapp +33615209676)

Stan Chart 2022

Registration link exclusively for Swaras here (it will sign you up as part of the Urban Swaras team): https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/front/step1.php?id=5683&agentonly=true&login=true&userid=103300&noback=true

If you would like to be run as part of a relay team (if 42km is a little ambitious for you, but 10.5km is doable), then reach out now to be a part of a Swara team! This is really the fun run option for Stan Chart 🙂

Inaugural Swara Gala – reserve your ticket!

For the first time, the Urban Swaras Running Club is inviting you to a Swara Gala! A sophisticated, celebratory, evening event, bringing together club members, other members of the Nairobi Recreational Running community, and some special guests for a dinner, dance, entertainment, and awards ceremony.

Tickets cost 3,500ksh, and cover all of the above. The event is open to all members of the recreational running community and their guests, and in fact we invite members of other running or sports clubs to join us in a special event of running solidarity and celebration, so please do invite your friends and loved ones. Mileage medals will be awarded for those who register early on the link below.

Please book your tickets using this link, pick your outfit, and practice your dance moves and award acceptance speech, the Gala is around the corner! Booking link: https://forms.gle/jcamFzMR2uCuCZKEA

Our wonderful and generous sponsors of the event include:

Zenith Steel

Going Outdoor/Salomon

Cellar’s Grill/Afrika Lodges

VMX Fitness

For full details on all of the above and to register, consult the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/fbOdtGKclaXHZaqD?ref=Link

#CountdownToStanChart

#CountdownToGala

Claire Baker, Club Secretary

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 667 @ ACK St Paul’s, Kiambu

Dear Swaras, 

Well done to all who ran this weekend, be it at Kahara (Swara run), Karura (Stan Chart warm-up run) or a little further afield at the Chicago Marathon! You all did yourselves proud and most of all enjoyed it, I hope! There is a lot to look forward to this month and next, so aside from this Saturday’s run from ACK St Paul’s in Kiambu, be sure to look at the gala info, and Stan Chart info below! All info as always in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/speGymGTeekNXDVV?ref=Link

This week’s run: ACK St Paul’s, Kiambu

This coming Saturday we are heading to Kiambu County, more specifically to ACK St Paul’s Church, Kiambu Town. This is such a beautiful area to run in, with gentle hills, cool breezes, and fantastic trails. Find full details of the run below, and register by Thursday! There will be distances from 10km to 35km, and it will be majority trail. Register in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/speGymGTeekNXDVV?ref=Link

Stan Chart 2022

Early bird registration for Stan Chart 2022 is only open until today, and then prices go up! Registration link exclusively for Swaras here (it will sign you up as part of the Urban Swaras team): https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/front/step1.php?id=5683&agentonly=true&login=true&userid=103300&noback=true

If you would like to be run as part of a relay team (if 42km is a little ambitious for you, but 10.5km is doable), then reach out now to be a part of a Swara team! This is really the fun run option for Stan Chart 🙂

Inaugural Swara Gala – save the date!

For the first time, the Urban Swaras Running Club is inviting you to a Swara Gala! A sophisticated, celebratory, evening event, bringing together club members, other members of the Nairobi Recreational Running community, and some special guests for a dinner, dance, entertainment, and awards ceremony.

Tickets cost 3,500ksh, and cover all of the above. The event is open to all members of the recreational running community and their guests, and in fact we invite members of other running or sports clubs to join us in a special event of running solidarity and celebration, so please do invite your friends and loved ones. Mileage medals will be awarded for those who register early on the link below.

Please book your tickets using this link, pick your outfit, and practice your dance moves and award acceptance speech, the Gala is around the corner! Booking link: https://forms.gle/jcamFzMR2uCuCZKEA

Our wonderful and generous sponsors of the event include:

Zenith Steel

Going Outdoor/Salomon

Cellar’s Grill/Afrika Lodges

#KiambuTrails

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You Are Invited to the Urban Swaras Recreational Runners Gala Dinner

It is our great honour, as the Official, CRE, and organising committee, to formally invite you to the first ever Swara Gala! 
This sophisticated and celebratory event will be held on Saturday 5th November from 6pm, at Emara Ole Sereni. The occasion will be marked with a three-course dinner, medals, dancing, special (very VERY special guests), awards, and making merry until late!

Swara Gala.jpeg

Tickets cost 3,500ksh, and cover all of the above. The event is open to all members of the recreational running community and their guests, and in fact we invite members of other running or sports clubs to join us in a special event of running solidarity and celebration, so please do invite your friends and loved ones. Mileage medals will be awarded for those who register early on the link below.
Please book your tickets using this link, pick your outfit, and practice your dance moves and award acceptance speech, the Gala is around the corner! Booking link: https://forms.gle/jcamFzMR2uCuCZKEA
#SwaraGala#NotJustARunner#GladRagsAndSoreLegs

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 666 @ Kaguku Market, Muranga

Is it a coincidence that Nairobi and Naivasha both start with a ‘Nai’? So it’s logical that a few dozen runners would run from one to the other, right?! Well, that’s what happened this weekend, and a stellar crew of Swaras represented the club! Give it up for Jeniffer, Reuben, Chirie, Elvis, Isaac, Moses, Sam, Richard, Katherine, Shem, and Oricho, you all rocked that trail! Apparently we won some prizes, for most sober team, and for best team. I will let you decide which of those two statements is true 😉 In my eyes though, each of them is a winner! Give it up for team USRC! See some photo highlights here: https://sway.office.com/okUS1kJW0iUPNJ2e?ref=Link

Please collect your Duka La Swara goodies or Mount Kenya Ultra goodies at the next run, or arrange for a pick-up (contact Claire on Whatsapp +33615209676 or Safaricom +254792745372) to arrange. There are a number of items yet to be collected. There are a few Mt Keya Ultra t shirts in medium size remaining, if anyone would like one! The new club t shirts are also for sale, pick one up at the next run.

This week’s run: Kaguku Market, Murang’a.

Get your legs ready for one of the toughest Swara runs on the calendar! This run is scouted and marked by our Chairman, Ajaa Olubayi. You know what that means: scenery, hills, 100% trail, and fun on fun! Distances up to approximately 41km! Please note the slightly later start date of 8am, to allow travel time from Nairobi. Bring your trail shoes, caps, sun cream, and hydrate well! Full info and link to register here: https://sway.office.com/okUS1kJW0iUPNJ2e?ref=Link

Stan Chart 2022

Early bird registration is open for Stan Chart 2022! Registration link exclusively for Swaras here (it will sign you up as part of the Urban Swaras team): https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/front/step1.php?id=5683&agentonly=true&login=true&userid=103300&noback=true

Inaugural Swara Gala – save the date!

For the first time, the Urban Swaras Running Club is inviting you to a Swara Gala! A sophisticated, celebratory, evening event, bringing together club members, other members of the Nairobi Recreational Running community, and some special guests. Keep an eye out for ticket sales, but for now, be sure to save the date, Saturday 5th November! If interested in sponsoring the event, as an individual or company, please reach out to the MC (clairesimonebaker@gmail.com). The planning committee is working overtime to put on a most spectacular event 🙂 Full info and registration coming to your inbox tomorrow.

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#GalaReady

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 664 @ The Vineyard, Ridgeways

Dear Swaras,

Last Saturday we were hosted by the wonderful VMX Fitness in Village Market: we were joined by some of their members for our trail, that comprised some of the quiet roads of Runda, and some of the coffee plantations of Kiambu, for those on the longer distances! The lure of free breakfast brought a lot of Swaras out, and we are happy to announce, to those who missed the announcement in person, that VMX Fitness is offering all Swara members (with active membership) free access to their gym on the first and third Sundays of each month for a limited time (to be announced), so get down there next Sunday to make the most of it! Please ensure you leave your name at the reception, to be crosschecked with the active members list. If you are not an active member (fully paid up) you will be required to pay for your gym use. Find out more about VMX and their opening hours on their website: https://www.vmx-fitness.com/

Check out some awesome photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/4vcxZeEIQbd8lDKG?ref=Link

Please collect your Duka La Swara goodies or Mount Kenya Ultra goodies at the next run, or arrange for a pick-up ASAP (contact Claire on Whatsapp +33615209676 or Safaricom +254792745372) to arrange. There are a number of items yet to be collected. There are a few extra Mt Keya Ultra t shirts in medium size remaining, if anyone would like one!

This week’s run: The Vineyard, Ridgeways

This week we are running from The Vineyard, Ridgeways. It is the week before Naivasha Relay, so work on your sprints! More on that just below, keep on reading. Links to register for all of these in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/4vcxZeEIQbd8lDKG?ref=Link

Naivasha Relay is around the corner – less than two weeks! Registration deadline tomorrow!!

Naivasha Relay registration is now open, so we are inviting all Swaras who want to be a part of one of the Swara teams for this event to register. 

To sign up to be in one of the Swara teams, fill in this form by Tuesday 20th September: https://forms.gle/StL724gSgNV98VNF6

Everything and more in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/4vcxZeEIQbd8lDKG?ref=Link

#ThroughTheVineyard