Urban Swaras Starting Line run 613 – Nairobi-Naivasha Relay & last chance to register for StanChart in-person

Dear Swaras,

Sometimes one of those runs comes around that just has everyone talking. Well, this was one of them, dear Swaras. This was a pet project of our very own Chairman, Ajaa, who scouted and marked the route himself. In case you missed, it, it turns out the distances weren’t quite as announced, and so I apologise on behalf of the club, and on behalf of your weary legs! However, everyone finished with a smile, stories to tell, and photos a-plenty! See the photo highlights of the hills of Kaguku/Kawethei/Muranga below, and next time a run like this comes around, don’t miss it! Link to photos in the Starting Line:

This Saturday is the long-awaited Nairobi to Naivasha relay. We have 30 runners split across three teams representing the club. They will be running alongside teams from the Hash House Harriers, Swedish School, Safaricom, Braeburn School, Wakimbizi, and various other clubs, companies, and groupings.

Be sure to follow the action and see how wins! I can already guarantee that everyone will feel like a winner after the 80+kilometre relay between here and the great Hell’s Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha.

Also, remember we are also on Instagram, so follow us there and tag us on your runs!

Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon2021 – deadline 30th September, it’s almost here!

We’re still 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:

Full info on all the above, as always, in the Starting Line: