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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 629 @ Kasuku Centre, Kileleshwa

We were warmly welcomed by Leleshwa Getaway on Saturday, for a beautiful run across the Kitengela Plains with views of the Nairobi National Park and some animal sightings, including a camel (yes you heard that right)!!! See that photo and other highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/jvuMnKGH86xjcE48?ref=Link

Welcome to all of our new members, we’re excited to run with you in 2022 and get to know you all more. Remember, the club is open to all: new members, guests, new runners, seasoned runners looking for a more social running outlet, you name it! We welcome you all, and encourage everyone to make friends, find people that have a similar pace, or share contacts, breakfast, and a moment. We’re a club after all 🙂

Next week’s run, on Saturday 22nd January, is from Kasuku Centre, Kileleshwa, for a majority tarmac run. This is great prep for those going to KIlimanjaro Marathon next month. There will be a 5km trail for beginners, so be sure to invite some friends along! Speaking of which, find more logistics updates for the marathon below. Full info and link to register here: https://sway.office.com/jvuMnKGH86xjcE48?ref=Link

Kili Marathon

The 20 rooms we have booked for Swaras at Lutheran are now full. We have a few rooms at Kilimanjaro Safaris Lodge. If you plan to attend and would like to book a room, please email/text the MC right away: clairesimonebaker@gmail.com / SMS 0792 745372 / Whatsapp +33615209676 to pre-book. Also a friendly reminder to register for the marathon – early bird slots are open. We are hoping to coordinate travel and bib pickup as a club, though this is subject to it being considered safe and prudent to travel given the COVID situation in both Kenya and Tanzania. For your transport, please book directly with Impala Shuttle, and tell them very explicitly that you are with Urban Swaras Running Club party (very important). Please send me a message (email/text/Whatsapp using the details above) when you have booked your transport. Return trip is 3400ksh, Buy Good till number for Impala Shuttle is 593140 and the number to call to confirm directly with Impala Shuttle is +254 722 506061.

Speed work!

Speed work is back, for a trial run (no pun intended). Starting this Thursday, from 5.30pm at Impala Club, on Ngong Road. Your trainer will be Davis Munene. This is open to all members, no need to register. You pay 100ksh entry fee directly to Impala Club (be sure to come with m pesa for this). Wear your Swara t shirt, and if you don’t have one, talk to Davis on the day!

#KileToKili

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 628 @ Leleshwa Getaway, Kajiado

Dear Swaras,

We certainly kicked off the year in style! We took over the streets of Karen, and I’m sure many of you were surprised to discover hills of Karen that you never knew existed (I certainly was). The best bit of the run? The team spirit that was evident in runners helping each other, people sharing training tips, and keeping pace with each other when times got tough. It’s always a beautiful thing to see. Welcome to all of our new members, we’re excited to run with you in 2022 and get to know you all more. Remember, the club is open to all: new members, guests, new runners, seasoned runners looking for a more social running outlet, you name it! We welcome you all, and encourage everyone to make friends, find people that have a similar pace, or share contacts, breakfast, and a moment. We’re a club after all 🙂 See some highlights and a word from the treasurer in this week’s Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/sUdc5qYc9FX5XUVp?ref=Link

Next week’s run, on Saturday 15th January, is from Leleshwa Getaway, a beautiful venue on Kitengela Plains, with views of the national park and Nairobi’s skyline. We encourage everyone to bring a hydration pack or refillable bottle as it can get quite hot. The venue has a pool and a lovely bar and restaurant, so feel free to make a day of it! Kitengela Glass is close by, and the area is peaceful and a lovely day trip. Full details and link to register in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/sUdc5qYc9FX5XUVp?ref=Link

Kili Marathon

The 20 rooms we have booked for Swaras are almost full! If you plan to attend and would like to book a room, please email/text the MC right away: clairesimonebaker@gmail.com / SMS 0792 745372 / Whatsapp +33615209676 to pre-book. Also a friendly reminder to register for the marathon – early bird slots are open. We are hoping to coordinate travel and bib pickup as a club, though this is subject to it being considered safe and prudent to travel given the COVID situation in both Kenya and Tanzania: https://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/2022-entries/ We will be in touch about bib collection and transport in the coming weeks.

#GetawayFromItAll

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 627 @ Eleven Lounge, Karen

Happy New Running Year to each and every one of you! It’s not just a new year but a chance to set your running intentions for the year, and what better way than to kick things off with our first big run of the year! Tradition dictates that we start the year off in Karen, and so the venue for this Saturday’s run is Elevel Lounge, off Ngong Road, Karen We will have a special beginner’s 5km trail for those looking to get into a running club for the first time, so invite your friends who have been too shy to join us before, or your colleague or neighbour who’s keen to take their running to the next level – this run is the perfect introduction to the running world, as it will be reasonably flat with mostly tarmac.

See the Starting Line for full details on this Saturday’s Karen run and to register: https://sway.office.com/2DmTNH5TLixPVU82?ref=Link

Kili Marathon

We have booked 20 rooms at Lutheran Guest House in Moshi for Swaras planning to attend the Kilimanjaro Marathon on Sunday 27th February 2022. If you plan to attend and would like to book a room, please email/text the MC: clairesimonebaker@gmail.com / SMS 0792 745372 / Whatsapp +33615209676 to pre-book. Also a friendly reminder to register for the marathon – early bird slots are open. We are hoping to coordinate travel and bib pickup as a club, though this is subject to it being considered safe and prudent to travel given the COVID situation in both Kenya and Tanzania: https://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/2022-entries/

#NewRunningYear

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 626 @ Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary (New Year’s Run)!

Dear Swaras, 

Happy holidays to all! I hope you’re all having a wonderful festive season, and still staying healthy and active despite all the necessary indulgences 🙂

Our next run is on New Year’s Day, a perfect way to kickstart the new year! We will be at Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary, on Ngong Road. Come and start the new year in style! Full details in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/VFtzJodJCOb8neyH?ref=Link

Kili Marathon

Also a friendly reminder to register for Kilimanjaro Marathon 2022 – early bird slots are open. We are hoping to coordinate travel and accommodation as a club, though this is subject to it being considered safe and prudent to travel given the COVID situation in both Kenya and Tanzania: https://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/2022-entries/

#NewRunningYear

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 625 @ Karura Forest, Christmas Day!

Dear Swaras,
What a great run we had from Arboretum in Kileleshwa! Thanks to all who showed up and brought festive cheer and running legs. Remember to keep active and safe this holiday season, we want you back on the trails in January! Our last run of the year is in Karura Forest, and because the Trail Fox is getting a well deserved day off, we encourage you all to use the signposted trails, on both the Karura Forest side and the Sigiria Forest side (just across the road on Limuru Road from the main entrance). There are marked trails of between 5,10 and 15km, so have some fun and make your own run! Be sure to post your running photos this holiday season on the Whatsapp group, or tag us on Facebook or Instagram. See some photos from Saturday in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/a45zk5mrT7flMgnD?ref=Link

If you would like to show your appreciation to the Trail Fox (Benjamin Chikani) you can send a holiday contribution to the Treasurer and follow up with an SMS saying it’s for the Trail Fox. Deadline for this is end of Wednesday 22nd December.

This coming Saturday we will be running from Karura Forest, for our last run of the year. Full details in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/a45zk5mrT7flMgnD?ref=Link

USRC Newsletter

Just in case you missed it, the mysterious Urban Swaras Newsletter Editor is calling out for articles, thought pieces, photo narratives, and anything else you might have to offer for the next edition of the newsletter!

We would like to hear it all–the good, the bad, the ugly. Look, we don’t discriminate, so any story is welcome. It would be great to hear from you before Christmas through usrc.editor@gmail.com

Kili Marathon

Also a friendly reminder to register for Kilimanjaro Marathon 2022 – early bird slots are open. We are hoping to coordinate travel and accommodation as a club, though this is subject to it being considered safe and prudent to travel given the COVID situation in both Kenya and Tanzania: https://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/2022-entries/

#HappyHolidays

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 624 @ Arboretum

Dear Swaras,

This Saturday we had absolutely perfect running weather for our Ambo Gardens run – cloudy sky, smatterings of drizzle, ending in a gloriously sunny day to enjoy the lovely gardens in the venue’s name! Rumour has it some Swaras didn’t want to leave weeeell after the run was over and done with 😉 A perfect urban run it was, crossing some major roads to find quiet residential areas that many of us never even knew existed. Well done as always to our Trail Fox Benja for marking such splendid trails, and for finishing the year as strongly as he started it! If you would like to show your appreciation to the Trail Fox (Benjamin Chikani) you can send a holiday contribution to the Treasurer and follow up with an SMS saying it’s for the Trail Fox. See some photo highlights from Ambo Gardens in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/AOdtI0IHgVzj8y5w?ref=Link

This coming Saturday we will be running from Arboretum, for our penultimate run of the year. Please note that for the month of December we will be having town runs only (urban runs). Find full details in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/AOdtI0IHgVzj8y5w?ref=Link

Just in case you missed it, the mysterious Urban Swaras Newsletter Editor is calling out for articles, thought pieces, photo narratives, and anything else you might have to offer for the next edition of the newsletter! Find their message below.

So here’s the deal: the year is almost over, and we are dying to hear about your running exploits (not necessarily from this year alone).  

  • Did you fall off the wagon? Do tell!
  • Did you recently pick up running? Oooh, this is exciting; please tell us how it’s going.
  • Have you smashed any PBs? Please indulge us. 
  • Do you have any running woes? You know, we are human too, let’s share the sufferation.
  • New Swaras, how was your first run with us?
  • We know runners are a crazy bunch, and no challenge is off-limits. Which ones have you done/are you currently on?
  • We’d also love to hear about international runs in this Covid era. 
  • As always, we adore before and after stories; please send them through.

We would like to hear it all–the good, the bad, the ugly. Look, we don’t discriminate, so any story is welcome. It would be great to hear from you before Christmas through usrc.editor@gmail.com

#RunningAroundTheChristmasTree

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 623 @ Ambo Gardens + welcome new committee!

Dear Swaras,

Saturday was a BIG day for the Urban Swaras Running Club. We descended on ?iBury Lounge as the Friday night revelers were leaving, and we had a contingency that stayed until the next morning! What happened in between can be seen on the photo highlights. in the Starting Line (https://sway.office.com/sUwGowFmwwHeMuPu?ref=Link)

We had a 10, 15, and 20km run for all (members and guests) followed by a copious breakfast, then the AGM! It took place over more than two hours, with new motions passed, new officials and CRE members voted in, and a celebration with not one but TWO delicious cakes. We then stuck around for lunch and socialising, and the rest is only for those that were in attendance 😉

The new officials and CRE are:

Ajaa Olubayi – Chairman

Loice Mbogo -Trail Queen

Claire Baker – Secretary

Davis Munene – Treasurer

CRE:

Joshua Cheruiyot

Joseph Masika

Shem Kiptoon

Joseph Masika

Michael Nawari

Ngatia Maina

Vivienne Ayuma

George Rutto

A huge well done to all of them, and to all members who brought the club to new heights in 2021!

On a more personal note, thank you, from me, and from all the CRE and Officials, for your support and confidence in us to run this club that is so important to so many of us. Thank you! Here’s two two great years for the club and for all of us.

This coming Saturday we will be running from Ambo Gardens, in Lavington. Please note that for the month of December we will be having town runs only (urban runs). Find full details in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/sUwGowFmwwHeMuPu?ref=Link

#AmbleToAmbo

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 622 @iBury lounge & AGM/elections

To paraphrase the outpourings of love and admiration for this weekend’s Aberdare Patron’s Run: it was bloomin’ amazing. Those brave enough to confront the hills of the Aberdares, and tackle tea plantations, rivers, field upon field, and trail upon trail, were rewarded with marvellous views of the peaks of this spectacular mountain range, and with running camaraderie at its best. Well done to all who ran, thank you to James Wahome aka Patron for bringing this run to the club, and to our Trail Queen Loice Mbogo, and Trail Fox Benja Chikani, who scouted and marked such a spectacular run. For those who missed, it, be sure to attend the AGM so you can vote for the officials and committee that promise to bring it back next year! See the Starting Line for some photos of the Aberdare Run and for full info on the AGM and elections: https://sway.office.com/ida19LsTCPrDUdeC?ref=Link

Also a huge well done to the Swaras that were running the UTCT in Cape Town this weekend. We had spectacular runs from Victor Kamau, Silvere Mantz, Marieke Geurts, and Julie Wright, and several other amazing Nairobi runners were also there – well done to all! Spot them in the photos in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/ida19LsTCPrDUdeC?ref=Link

This Saturday is the long-awaited AGM! Last year we had a virtual AGM on Zoom, and this year we bring back the physical AGM, which will include a review of activities of the club in 2021, a review of 2021 accounts, and elections for the officials and CRE members that will lead the club to even greater running glory for the next two years. There will be an online voting option for those unable to attend for any reason (COVID precautions, otherwise engaged, etc.). Keep an eye out later in the week for details on how to vote remotely if you cannot attend.

The AGM will be held on Saturday 4th December, as previously announced, at iBury Lounge, on Riverside Drive, Westlands. All runners are invited for an urban run of up to 20km, then treated to breakfast by the club, after which the AGM will begin, at 11am, open to active members only (you have until Saturday to make sure your membership is up to date, or you will not be able to attend, vote, nominate, or be eligible for nomination). See Treasurer’s Corner for up-to-date membership list. After the AGM, all members that attended the AGM will be welcome to lunch, on the club! A treat for all after a delightful year of running and club activities. Hope you can all attend! See the Starting Line for full info on who is nominated, and details on the run and how to register (registration is required for both the run and the AGM. You may choose which part of the day to attend if you cannot attend the whole event): https://sway.office.com/ida19LsTCPrDUdeC?ref=Link

#VoteVoteVote

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 621 @ Aberdare Patron’s run

Thanks to all who turned up for the Lynton Farm ECOgreen run! A fab time was had by all, and because of us 650 trees were planted! Well done to all who ran and contributed to this cause. The run took us through beautiful tea plantations, rolling hills, and smiles and joy all around! See the Starting Line for photo highlights: https://sway.office.com/7k6BC0pAQHg9VMg0?ref=LinkRemember, nominations are open for the AGM 2021, so you can nominate your next Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Trail King/Queen as well as the 8 CRE members. Together, they will continue to grow the club for us all so go ahead and nominate now and book out the 4th December for the AGM! Link to nominate here: https://sway.office.com/42AmhAjrokdipFW4?ref=Link Deadline for nominations is this Saturday, 27th November.This is the big weekend, the brand new Aberdare Patron’s run is upon us! if you have not yet booked your accommodation, camping is still available at Aberdare River Cottages for 2,725ksh, to book, call/text Zack +254 721 646 613. Rooms are limited so book now! Otherwise there are rooms at Ranges View a few kilometres away, call/text Peter to book: +254 721 375762This is going to be a big run! We have ultra distances available (up to 50km) on a brand new freshly scouted trail, so end the year on a high with this run, just a week before the AGM. See the Starting Line for full details and to register: https://sway.office.com/7k6BC0pAQHg9VMg0?ref=Link

#PatronsRun

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 620 @ Lynton Farm ECOgreen run & Patron’s run prep

What a treat this weekend’s run was! Huge thank you and well done to CRE member Michael Nawari for spearheading this brand new run, from The Smith, Rongai. It took us right into the entrails of Rongai, and it was closely followed up by a chest puffing plank challenge back at the hotel. Find some hilarious photos in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/Yf9RzHlz2zYNj0aC?ref=Link

Remember, nominations are open for the AGM 2021, so you can nominate your next Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Trail King/Queen as well as the 8 CRE members. Together, they will continue to grow the club for us all so go ahead and nominate now and book out the 4th December for the AGM! Link to nominate here: https://sway.office.com/42AmhAjrokdipFW4?ref=Link

Looking ahead to the end of the month, be sure to book out the weekend of the 26th-27th November, when we will have the brand spanking new Patron’s Run from Aberdare Cottages. You can get ahead of the game by already booking your accommodation at Aberdare River Cottages. Special Swara room rates are as follows, for half board 2 nights/3 days Friday night and Saturday night (Friday dinner, accommodation, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation Sunday breakfast):

Single room 11,000ksh

Double/twin room per person 8,500ksh

Triple room per person: 7,000ksh

To book, call/text Zack +254 721 646 613. Rooms are limited so book now!

But first, this week’s run! This Saturday we will be participating in the Lynton Farm ECOgreen Run, at Settler’s View Resort in Kiambu. This is a charity run, organised by our very own Wilson Kaimenyi, and as such there is a 500ksh registration fee that we urge all participants to pay for breakfast and run costs. If you would like to make an extra 500ksh donation to support the cause, we encourage you to do so. See below for full details on this run and to register. Find all the information and links in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/Yf9RzHlz2zYNj0aC?ref=Link

#EcoWarriors