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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!

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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

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 663 @ VMX Fitness, Village Market

Dear Swaras, 

Mountain to Mountain truly was an epic, ultra, extraordinary, and breathtaking run! We had runners from across the region completing distances from 25km to 80km, and everything in between. For roughly 14 hours the roads and trails between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares were awash with laughing Swaras (and guests), and support vehicles chugging up and down the roads, doling out melons, chapati, sodas, and encouragement. We had so many personal distance records (people who ran their longest distance ever) and we had people who ran even after doing Comrades last week, and people sprinting downhill after already having run 50km, and people arriving in the area at midnight and starting an ultra at 4.30am…basically, we had everything, and I think I’m safe in saying everyone loved it (well, most of it 😉 )

See the amazing photo highlights here: https://sway.office.com/5DAZFSBkVMMDkCUW?ref=Link

If you would still like to order a Mount Kenya Ultra t shirt or medal, please contact me before 5pm Tuesday 13th (Whatsapp +33615209676 or email clairesimonebaker@gmail.com).

Find below some thank yous we shared on the Whatsapp group that also deserve to be shared here:

On behalf of the club’s CRE and officials I’d like to take a moment to congratulate all the many wonderful runners who enjoyed and punished themselves on this year’s Mt Kenya Ultra- Mountain to Mountain edition. The trails were alive with encouragement, laughs, personal achievement, and the runner’s high. 

Special thank you to:

Our Mt Kenya locals who hosted us for a sumptuous mbuzi dinner, muratina (never seen such a big jerrycan) and a welcoming after party- Wachira Nderitu, Sam Ndungu, Leo Kareko, Anthony, Kiai, James Ndiang’ui, Esther Ndungu, and friend of the club Sam Mwangi. 

The extraordinary coordination efforts of Wachira Nderitu and James Wahome for planning the route, the logistics and the accommodation.

Wanjohi, of the Mt Kenya Blazers, for attending with a marvellous group of Blazers.

Ajaa Olubayi, the club’s Chairman, who supported the runners throughout, and coordinated the support vehicles.

Timothy Guoko who came with us for the sole purpose of supporting runners and making sure we never went hungry or thirsty. 

Our beloved Trail Fox, Benja Chikani, who marked, supported, and photographed the living daylights out of us! 

Our treasurer Davis Munene, who even though he wasn’t there, paid all the bills promptly so that we didn’t get held for ransom

Everyone else who was involved in any way, we thank you!! If I’ve missed your name it please let me know! 

Feel free to thank these individuals in person, they truly deserve it. 

Happy recovery, everyone. 

This week’s run: hosted by VMX Fitness, Village Market

This week we are being hosted by the state-of-the-art, sprawling VMX Fitness, on the third floor of Village Market. They are generously hosting us for breakfast, which will be FREE for members. Guests will still be required to pay the 500ksh guest fees. We will be joined by members of VMX Fitness, and we will be offering distances from 5km to 25km. Full info and link to register in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/5DAZFSBkVMMDkCUW?ref=Link

Naivasha Relay is around the corner

And then don’t forget, the Nairobi-Naivasha Relay is on the weekend of the 1st October! More info on registering for a team to come later this week. Before then we will be taking orders for NEW SWARA T SHIRTS so keep an eye out for that they will get snapped up quicker than you can run a mountain to mountain ultra!

#VMX+Swaras

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 662 @ Mount Kenya Ultra

This week is the much-anticipated Mount Kenya Ultra! We always ask but really do mean it: please avoid single-use plastic where possible. We are drastically reducing our use of single-use plastics, and appreciate your cooperation in this. Please bring a refillable bottle or hydration pack if you require water on the trail.

Date: Saturday 10th September, staggered flagging off. 80km: 4am from Naro Moru Gate, 50km 7am from Golden Gates Hotel, and 25km 8am from close to Golden Gates Hotel (drop-off by the club). All runners should be finished by nightfall, for their safety.

Venue: Flagging off from Naro Moru Gate (80km) and Golden Gates hotel or environs for 25 and 50km. Afterparty at Wandare Gate and Golden Gates Hotel.

Directions: Mount Kenya Gate Park Hotel is situated close to the Mt Kenya Naro Moru gate. Follow the highway to Naro Moru town, then turn off to Naro Moru Gate. The Hotel is a few km before the gate, on the right.

Golden Gates Hotel is along the Nyeri-Nyahururu road, near Dedan Kimathi University. If following Thika Highway and then continuing straight towards Nyeri, take a sharp left at Kiganjo and follow the road until Golden Gate Hotel.

Distance: There will be marked routes of 25, 50, and 80km. Please choose your chosen distance when completing the form, as this will allow for the club to plan logistics.

Run type: The route will be a mix of trail and tarmac. There will be water and light snacks along the way, but we advise you to carry water in a bottle/hydration pack and any specific snacks you might require.

Google Maps link to the venue: Golden Gate Hotel:

Mount Kenya Gate Park Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/1Kh8aLWKs1vBRdEd7

Registration: Please register using the link below as soon as possible. If you would like your t shirt or medal on Saturday and if you would like FREE dinner at the finish line you MUST register by Tuesday 6th September 5pm. Anyone who registers after that may not be catered for for dinner, and will get their medal/t shirt (if ordered) after the event: https://forms.gle/J2FypK2y1VyV616w5

Subs: Be sure to come with your M-Pesa topped up to make payment for your subs, as runs have resumed!

Guests: As always, guest fees of 500ksh apply. Please share the following link with anyone interested in joining the club for the first time: http://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 661 @ Villa Park, Wangige

Dear Swaras, 

Sometimes a week goes by with very little excitement or news. THAT IS NOT THIS WEEK! We’ve been blown away by Swara exploits. Firstly we had a bevvy of runners in Kaptagat, for the inaugural Swaras Kaptagat run, from The King’s Lair, as we dubbed it. We had reported sightings of Kipchoge himself, flagging off by retired champion runner Hon. Leah Malot, tree planting after the run, mud and trails and the most delectable maize cobs you’ve ever tasted. Not to mention the afterparty...no seriously, let’s not mention it 😉 Huge thank you to Shem and Masika for coordinating this new run for us! See some photo highlights: https://sway.office.com/LO9vXgpGA75gXRzk?ref=Link

On the other side of the continent you had a handful of Swaras and other Nairobi recreational runners pushing themselves to new limits with the annual Comrades Run in South Africa – 90km no less! The almighty Annika Berlin left a trail of dust behind her, with an impressive maiden finish in this grueling run, and Sam Ndungu and Andu Debebe (to name a few) crossed the finish line with juice still left in the tank, to raucous applause. Well done all of you!

The Sky-running king himself Victor Miringu completed the 160km Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, a run that most ultra runners dream of. Just wow. Just amazing.

And then Cheruiyot (the man only needs one name), came SECOND in the 160km Chiang Mai Ultra Trail in Thailand, and has some hilarious tales to tell (be sure to chase him down next time you see him…if you can)!

Please celebrate them, and follow their lead, in having fun, pushing to new heights, and embodying #RunningIsLiving!

This week’s run – Villa Park Resort, Wangige

This Saturday we’re heading to a classic Swara venue, Villa Park Resort, Wangige. Bring a friend, it’s not too far, and bring your good cheer, the sun is coming back to Nairobi, I have been reassured! Distances of 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30km will be available (approximate distances only). Full info and registration form here: https://sway.office.com/LO9vXgpGA75gXRzk?ref=Link

Mount Kenya Ultra – read me!!

With one ultra gone, let’s get ready for the next! Mount Kenya Ultra is a flagship Swara run, and this year we are reinstating the infamous Mountain to Mountain route – reworked! on 10th September we will go from Mount Kenya to the Aberdares, with three possible routes: 25km, 50km and 80km. But even if you’ve been at every previous edition of this run, the route will still surprise you, as we find new ways to delight the legs 🙂 Register now: https://forms.gle/7w75iU3gEzzKadhN8

Affordable accommodation has been secured at Golden Gates Hotel in Nyeri (2,500ksh per person B&B single, 3,000ksh total for a double), and Mountain Gate Hotel at Naro Moru Gate (2,000ksh per person B&B). Register now to start getting excited:

Book your accommodation directly with Golden Gate Hotel: 0707 029292 or Mountain Gate Hotel: 0711 267981 

Note: The full ultra runners (80km) should book Mountain Gate Hotel for Friday night and for Saturday book golden Gate Hotel. The 50km and 25km should book Golden Gate Hotel as their starting points are nearby.

The route is 25% trail and 75% tarmac for the full ultra.

The run is charged as a normal Swara run, so no extra charge for members, and 500ksh for guests. We will have optional t shirts and medals for an extra charge. Prices and sign up for this are in the same registration from: https://forms.gle/7w75iU3gEzzKadhN8 #SwarasAroundTheWorld