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Urban Swaras Starting Line run

Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? If there is, then this weekend was it! A trail through the Tigoni tea plantations, fundraising for Shoe4Africa children’s cancer charity, and celebrating Avani Patel’s (aka The General’s) 50th birthday with cake and festivities under the Tigoni sunshine. Phew! I hope you’ve all recovered…because there’s more to come! See the Starting Line for some photo highlights: https://sway.office.com/vFgkkbEJpzhni0Eo?ref=Link

This Saturday we will be running from a very special and very new venue. One of our own members, Duncan Mwololo, will be welcoming us to his home, in Mua Hilla, Machakos, for a trail run to beat all trail runs. See the Starting Line for full information, and of course you will want to register right away. Please note the run will start at 7.30am to allow everyone to travel from Nairobi and reach the run on time. Link to Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/vFgkkbEJpzhni0Eo?ref=Link

Then there’s still more to look forward to! This Wednesday we are bringing back our ‘Show & Tell’ / ‘An Audience With…’ Zoom sessions, and this Wednesday it will be with ‘An Audience With Dedan Miricho’, runner, running coach, and legend on the Nairobi recreational running scene. Look out for the link, coming tomorrow. Wednesday 7pm, live on Zoom, be there or be a running square!

If you’ve not done so yet, book out the weekend of the 30th April, because we have a fantastic new run (which has just been freshly scouted and boy oh boy are the CRE excited about it) in none other than Kericho! We will be sharing more info about accommodation and travel options soon.

#MuaHahaa

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 640 @ Thayu Farm Hotel + Avani’s charity birthday run

You could say we KEFRIlly really loved last weekend’s run 😉 Not only were there beautiful hills and a brilliant trail, but also cake to celebrate our dear Chairman’s birthday…and that, coincidentally, of his twin! Thank you to all who stayed to cut the cake and celebrate with them. And well done to all of you for braving what did not promise to be a perfect weather day. Check out some beautiful photo highlights (and see the cake you missed out on!) here: https://sway.office.com/pcdY1iKb1HyA2jCZ?ref=Link

This Saturday we have another fantastic trail run in store for you, and the celebrations continue! We are running from Thayu Farm Hotel in Tigoni, with distances up to 35km, and one of our veteran members (that does NOT mean old!) is celebrating her birthday by inviting all runners to pick up a medal for this run in exchange for a donation to Shoe4Africa Children’s Cancer Hospital. See full details in the Starting Line to register and, if you choose, get a medal and make a donation to celebrate Avani Patel’s birthday: https://sway.office.com/pcdY1iKb1HyA2jCZ?ref=Link

Direct link to register for the run here: https://forms.gle/wHJ2ujiREvpkXBWi8

#ThayuVeryMuch

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 639 – 55@55 KEFRI, Muguga

We had a great run last weekend at Valley Arcade, with a super turnout, and thankfully the rains just missed us! Check out the photos in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/4zphu7H2wbLa8Fnv?ref=Link

Next week’s run

This coming Saturday we are celebrating the club’s Chairman’s Birthday! And in true Swara fashion, we will give you the option of running his age! So in addition to the usual 10-35km distance we shall have a special 55km distance! All this in the beautiful setting of KEFRI (Kenya Forestry Research Institute) in Muguga (near Kikuyu).

See the Starting Line for full details and to register: https://sway.office.com/4zphu7H2wbLa8Fnv?ref=Link

Club Calendar

If you haven’t yet ordered your brand new USRC wall calendar, do so now!

This brand new calendar goes for 500ksh, and you can pick up one, two, or as many as you like for yourself and your running buddies.

Payment to be made to the club m-pesa number: 0740 912 116 (Samuel Waweru) as you place your order below.

Select your shipping option – Delivery (at your cost) or Collection (Run beyond, Ngong Rd Physio, Decathlon, club run, etc).

To order, fill in this form: https://forms.gle/kbhu4YUMGEHrpwYr5

#55at55

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 637 @ Run2Gether Camp, Longonot

A wonderful trail was enjoyed by all in Kikuyu this past weekend, thanks to everyone for bringing out their best running spirit. We also had the Red Bull Crew on site hyping us up for their big run next month – see the Starting Line for how to register for this, and also find some other exciting runs coming up in the next couple of months that you can already register for and start getting excited for! See the Starting Line here: https://sway.office.com/EcwhAEbGXV1E357I?ref=Link

If you ever have suggestions for new trails, venues, or routes, reach out to the Swara committee! You can email us on urbanswaras@outlook.com.

Next week’s run

Next Saturday, 19th March, we are having the much anticipated Run2Gether Training Camp run, in Longonot. Dennis Lopua, professional runner and Swara, trains here, and we try to run there once a year, and invite all Swaras and camp members for a slap-up breakfast! We also invite you all to bring slightly used but still wearable running gear (shoes, jackets, running clothes, etc.) for donation to runners with meagre means, or members of the community. There will be distances from 10 all the way up to 35km, and 110% of it will be trail, and a fair bit of it will be unflat (See how I’m trying to avoid the word hills…?) 😉 Get full details and register here: https://sway.office.com/EcwhAEbGXV1E357I?ref=Link

Club Calendar

If you haven’t yet ordered your brand new USRC wall calendar, do so now!

This brand new calendar goes for 500ksh, and you can pick up one, two, or as many as you like for yourself and your running buddies.

Payment to be made to the club m-pesa number: 0740 912 116 (Samuel Waweru) as you place your order below.

Select your shipping option – Delivery (at your cost) or Collection (Run beyond, Ngong Rd Physio, Decathlon, club run, etc).

To order, fill in this form: https://forms.gle/kbhu4YUMGEHrpwYr5

#Run2getherToRunFar

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 636 @ Levilla Gardens, Kikuyu

Dear Swaras,

Thanks to all who attended last Saturday’s run from a brand new Swara venue (The Spring Valley Roastery), and who graced the tarmac and trails of the Spring Valley area. We hope you all enjoyed it, and felt like your limbs got a good shake-out after your exertions in Moshi for the Kilimanjaro Marathon! A reminder that speed work is now paused, and will hopefully resume later in the year. It’s important to give your body a well-deserved break, don’t forget that! See the Starting Line for some photo highlights and upcoming runs: https://sway.office.com/Ab5pDhe3zHLdrYEz?ref=Link

If you ever have suggestions for new trails, venues, or routes, reach out to the Swara committee! You can email us on urbanswaras@outlook.com.

Next week’s run

Next Saturday, 12th March, we are running from Levilla Gardens, in Kikuyu, where there are guaranteed great trails so get excited and get registering! There will be distances from 10 all the way up to 35km. For full details and the link to register see here: https://sway.office.com/Ab5pDhe3zHLdrYEz?ref=Link

Club Calendar

If you haven’t yet ordered your brand new USRC wall calendar, do so now!

This brand new calendar goes for 500ksh, and you can pick up one, two, or as many as you like for yourself and your running buddies.

Payment to be made to the club m-pesa number: 0740 912 116 (Samuel Waweru) as you place your order below.

Select your shipping option – Delivery (at your cost) or Collection (Run beyond, Ngong Rd Physio, Decathlon, club run, etc).

To order, fill in this form: https://forms.gle/kbhu4YUMGEHrpwYr5

#RunRoundTheGardens

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 635 @ The Roastery, Spring Valley

Dear Swaras,
How to sum up the weekend in just a few sentences?? Impossible!! The weekend we had all been waiting for for so long has now been and gone, but the sore legs, the memories, and the runner’s high will stay with us for a while yet. To those who took part in Kilimanjaro Marathon, we celebrate you all. A few special shout-outs to be made: our very own able Treasurer, Davis Munene, not only cycled to Moshi from Nairobi, but went on to get a phenomenal sub-3hour (2h50mins!!!) marathon time to boot! Annika Berlin scooped a number 4 place in the women’s race, with a staggering 3h14mins in the 42km race, and did herself and us all proud on the podium! Some of our Swara ladies (Nyaruai Muhoro, Eugenie Nouala, Avani Patel, Marylyne Chebet, Winfred Gichuru, and Ciru Hinga) summitted Mount Kilimanjaro the days before the marathon, flying the Swara flag high, and then some of them went on to run the various race distances. Similarly, Victor Kamau raced up Kilimanjaro in breathtaking speed over a single day, and then completed the marathon in a time that would make most people’s eyes water. There are MANY photo highlights to check out in the Starting Line:
https://sway.office.com/o1WHxClFrGTasnfg?ref=Link

These are just some of the highlights, as we had more than 100 runners in Moshi, and they ALL deserve a huge congratulations, you all did the club proud, and most importantly, yourselves! I also hear the afterparty was one to remember 😉 So please insert your name into the following sentence for a personal shout-out: ‘Dear Urban Swara member, (insert name here), you are a champion, a dedicated and valued recreational runner, and you should be extremely proud of what you have done, run, and shared!’

We also had some members at the Lucozade Forest Run and Cycle event, and Marieke Geurts came out with a podium finish in the half marathon category! Thanks to Lucozade for offering the free entries to the club. Last but not least, a number of Swaras were at the Mount Kenya Run, Meru, running their hearts out. See the photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/o1WHxClFrGTasnfg?ref=Link

Next week’s run

Now we can look forward to our next club run in just 5 days, at The Spring Valley Roastery, in Spring Valley. This is a new venue for the club, and we’re very excited to be running from a venue that boasts such an excellent brand, and is fully in support of the club’s activities. The route will be mostly tarmac, with distances from 10km up to 25km, so whether you’re recovering from your exertions of this past weekend, or training for your next challenge, there’s something for everyone. Let’s all come together and share wild running stories from the past few weeks! There will be a small quantities of t shirts available for those still waiting to buy a club t-shirt.

Club Calendar

If you haven’t yet ordered your brand new USRC wall calendar, do so now!

This brand new calendar goes for 500ksh, and you can pick up one, two, or as many as you like for yourself and your running buddies. Payment to be made to the club m-pesa number: 0740 912 116 (Samuel Waweru) as you place your order below.
Select your shipping option – Delivery (at your cost) or Collection (Run beyond, Ngong Rd Physio, Decathlon, club run, etc).
To order, and get a sneak peek of the calendar, fill in this form: https://forms.gle/kbhu4YUMGEHrpwYr5

#OutForARoasting

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 634 @ Kilimanjaro Marathon & Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary

Dear Swaras,

A shed is usually a small structure to store items away from the elements, in a field or garden. That doesn’t sound like something Swaras need, right?! But still, our run from The Shed in Mwimuto/Kitisuru was just what Swaras needed! With under a week now to go to until Kilimanjaro Marathon, all the training you could do has already been done, and whether you’re out to get a PB, or just out to have fun, the real countdown is finally on! We as a club wish you all the very best for your run, whatever your distance or your motivation. We encourage you to have fun, enjoy yourself, and encourage other runners, be they Swaras or any other runners, it goes a long way! See some photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/iJc4byqCAYyGD1MF?ref=Link

KILIMANJARO MARATHON

BIBS

Those of you who shared your bib numbers, they will be waiting at your hotel reception if you are staying at Lutheran or Kilimanjaro Safaris Lodge. If you are staying anywhere else, you should collect them from Lutheran. If you did not give me your bib number personally or through the Google form which closed over a week ago, you will need to make arrangements to collect it yourself.

TRANSPORT

If travelling with the shuttles please ensure you are at Silver Springs hotel by 6.30am on Friday or Saturday (depending on the day you booked for) for a 7am departure. You will need to collect your paper tickets at the office there if you have not yet done so, so please ensure you are there before 7am. The buses will not be able to wait for latecomers. There is no parking on-site so please come by public means or get dropped off. Departure from Moshi on Sunday will be at 3pm, and on Monday morning at 6am from your hotel (if staying at Lutheran or Kilimanjaro Safaris). If staying anywhere please ensure you are at Lutheran or Kilimanjaro Safaris Lodge on time for the return bus.

RACE DAY

Each runner is responsible for getting themselves to the start line on time. So be sure to check the race details and have your race number on you and a good breakfast in you! The Swara hotels (Lutheran and Kiliamanjaro Safaris Lodge) will have breakfast ready early enough for your to take before your run.

HOTELS

Please pay for your accommodation directly to the hotel. Dinner will be available at Lutheran Hotel free of charge for those staying there. If you would like to take dinner at Lutheran, please contact me (the MC, Claire) to book, for an extra fee.

Any questions? Contact Claire, Whatsapp +33615209676, Safaricom +254702745372

NAIROBI RUN

If you are not attending Kilimanjaro Marathon, we invite you to run at Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary, following the marked routes (5, 10, 15, and 21km). Entry fee of 100-200ksh apply, payable by m-pesa. Please bring your own water in a reusable bottle or hydration pack.

Speed work!

The last speed work session before Kili is here! This week it will be on Wednesday not Thursday, from 5.30pm, at Impala Club, Ngong Road. 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!

New members

If ever anyone asks you ‘how do I become a member?’ then here is the newly refreshed link to send them where they can do everything to become a member right there and then and start running with us! https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

All of this and more can always be found in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/iJc4byqCAYyGD1MF?ref=Link

#MarathonReady

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 633 @ The Shed, Mwimuto, Kitisuru

A huge thank you to all who came to the Graceland Upcountry Run and made this edition a huge success. Thank you to all who encouraged each other on the trail, danced the night away to the live band, brought along friends and guests, and supported Graceland Girls School with their passion for running. Running Is Living after all 🙂 If you have any photos from the event, please share them with the MC on Whatsapp +33615209676 and if you want to share a write-up of your experiences you can also reach out! Thank you to Wachira Nderitu for spearheading this run and inviting the Swaras. A number of other clubs were also present, including our brothers and sisters of the Nyeri Blazers. Well done to all! Check out some awesome photo highlights here: https://sway.office.com/zna08gVFxXx6TxeG?ref=Link
As we approach Kilimanjaro Marathon, let’s have one more big run before then, from The Shed, in Mwimuto/Kitusuru. We can all have breakfast together afterwards (their breakfast is famously good value for money) and gear ourselves up for Kili! Full details and link to register here: https://sway.office.com/zna08gVFxXx6TxeG?ref=Link

Speed work!
Speed work is back! The next session is happening this Thursday, from 5.30pm at Impala Club, on Ngong Road. 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!

New members
If ever anyone asks you ‘how do I become a member?’ then here is the newly refreshed link to send them where they can do everything to become a member right there and then and start running with us! https://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

#RaceToKili

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Urban Swaras Starting Line run 632 @ Graceland Upcountry Run

We already knew that Ngong has some stunning trails, and beautiful views, but we didn’t know these specific ones until Saturday. Thanks to all who came for the Ngong Matasia run, we hope you enjoyed the run! See some photo highlights in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/IuwdhnURdFlymDY4?ref=Link

This Saturday we are heading to Graceland for the Annual Graceland Upcountry Run. There are still a handful of spaces left for this run, so hit reply to this message and let us know if you want to attend, and which distance you want to do (30km or 55km). For those not attending, we invite you all to run in the marked trails of Karura Forest. Full details in the Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/IuwdhnURdFlymDY4?ref=Link

Kili Marathon

We are working on ensuring your Kilimanjaro Marathon bibs can be collected in Moshi before the marathon, and dropped at your hotel (Lutheran or Kilimanjaro Safaris Lodge), and if you’re not staying in Swara accommodation they will be dropped at Lutheran so you can collect them from there. We have had some cancelations so if you would like to stay in Swara accommodation please reply to this message. If you still require accommodation you can book directly with Golden View Hotel who will require a deposit. Whatsapp them: +255 688 883 266. Ensure you book your transport with Kibo Slopes Safari if you want to travel with the Swara group. The cost is 3,400ksh to Till number 593140 (Kibo Slopes Safaris ltd) and then follow up with a call or message to them at +254 722 506061 letting them know your name, your desired travel dates, and state explicitly that you are with the Urban Swaras Running Club group.

Speed work!

Speed work is back! The next session is happening this Thursday, from 5.30pm at Impala Club, on Ngong Road. 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!

#AmazingGraceland

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Urban Swaras Starting Line Run 631 @ Ngong Matasia Loop

WHAT A RUN!!?? Right?! Anyone who disagrees, file an official letter of complaint to the Trail Queen and Trail Fox but all I can imagine you would have to complain about is that it was too awesome 🙂 Tea fields, trail, hills, hiking, post-run activities, perfectly glorious warm weather, and so many amazing runners coming together for a good run and a good time. See the Starting Line for some awesome photo highlights of the Kereita run from The Forest: https://sway.office.com/fXaCVgB4Aj7ChGHG?ref=Link

This coming Saturday we’re headed to Ngong to go loopy around the Matasia Loop in Kahara. See the Starting Line for full details and to register: https://sway.office.com/fXaCVgB4Aj7ChGHG?ref=Link

Graceland

If anyone still wants to register for Graceland Run on 12th February, for either the 30km or 55km, please reach out with your name and chosen number to clairesimonebaker@gmail.com / call/SMS 0792 745 372 / Whatsapp +33615209676

Kili Marathon – PLEASE READ

Our accommodation is now all full. If you still require accommodation you can book directly with Golden View Hotel who will require a deposit. Whatsapp them: +255 688 883 266 to book. Also a friendly reminder to register for the marathon right away, registration closes oon! If you are planning to come with the Swara group (use the grouped shuttle option and/or Swara accommodation and/or bib collection) please fill out this form, and ensure you fill out all sections by tomorrow. If you do not share these details by tomorrow we will not be able to collect your bibs and you will have to collect your own bibs. We are overwhelmed with how many people are going to Kili, so please help us with logistics by providing all required information, and by reading through all the updates provided in Swara communication. Remember, This form must be completed by next Tuesday 1st February: https://forms.gle/EBjxnq86Foaq38DL6

Speed work!

Speed work is back! The next session is happening this Thursday, from 5.30pm at Impala Club, on Ngong Road. 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!

#LoopTheLoop