Urban Swaras Starting Line run 612 @ Kaguku Market, Muranga

A fantastic turnout we had at the Bavaria Gardens run in Westlands! Apologies for those who had trouble finding the location. If in doubt, please click on the pin that is shared here, (don’t search for your own pin in Google Maps), and also use the directions. Some venues have misleading pins on Google Maps. Also feel free to post on the Whatsapp group if you are lost and need assistance! We heated up the tarmac with our running feet, and found some lovely little corners of Westlands. Well done to everyone who ran! Some photo highlights in the Starting Line:

This coming Saturday we are heading to Ngatho Primary School, at Kaguku Market, a most phenomenal Swara trail, that will take your breath away, this is not to be missed! A number of Swaras were involved in the scouting and testing of this route and can attest to it being an unmissable trail. Find full details in the Starting Line ( Masks MUST be worn at all times when not running, and COVID protocols observed (see below).

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Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon2021 – deadline 30th September

In other news, we’re also taking Swara applications to the in-person Nairobi Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon, which this year is limited to only 2,500 runners on Sunday 31st October. A number of spaces have been committed to the running clubs, and your Swara officials and CRE have been busy preparing everything to get as many Swaras participating as possible!

The qualification times for the in-person run are as follows:

Full marathon

Men – 4hours Women: 4hours30mins

Half Marathon

Men – 2hours Women – 2hours15mins

Wheelchair Race

Men – 3hours Women – 3hours15mins


Men – 57mins Women – 1hrs4mins

There will also be a virtual run open to everyone, for which you can register here:

If you want to take part in the in-person run, you will need to submit a qualifying run within the times detailed above. Fill in this form ( by the 30th September, to be in with a chance of running the 31st October marathon. NEW ROUTE ALERT —> with the ongoing roadworks on the 7th circle of hell aka Mombasa Road, the run will take part along Southern Bypass, starting from Carnivore, Langata, with some gentle downhill for the first 10km, and then around 20km of gradual climb before finishing on some more gentle downhill. The 21km will follow a similar pattern of down-up-down. Start training now and submit your run to qualify for the in-person! More information on the virtual run registration to come. Registration link:

Find all of this and more here: