Urban Swaras Starting Line run 671 @ The Smith, Rongai

Surely I’m not the only one with barely any voice left, and sore feet (from something other than running) after that weekend?! We started off with the All Clubs Run from Karen Waterfront, with a mega turnout with people from all different Nairobi running clubs, and the presence of NextGen Health, providing injury checkups and physio consults. Then we followed that up with the Swara Gala! See photo highlights in the Starting Line:

150 people, 9 sponsors, more than 80 medals given out, 3 guests of honour, and a LOT of cheering, clapping, inspiring, dancing! The official pictures will be shared soon. There are too many people to thank, but just to highlight a few:

Ferdinand Omanyala and his wife Laventa Omanyala – that’s right, the fastest man in Africa graced the gala and shared some words of wisdom with us!

Douglas Wakiihuri, Olympian, coach, and all-round sportsman who now even has a road named after him roused the crowd with his inspirational stories.

Our sponsors, Family Bank, Zenith Steel, Salomon East Africa, Run Beyond, VMX Fitness, Cellar’s Grill/Afrika Lodges, Shem Kiptoon, Sam Ndungu, and one anonymous sponsor!

Our MCs, Charlie and Susan Okoma, who lit up the entire night with their entertaining and for making us laugh and dance.

The marvellous organising committe, who put the whole thing together, led by Joseph Masika, with Carol N, Marylyne Chebet, Michael Nawari, Shem Kiptoon, and Davis Munene. This group of volunteers went above and beyond, for the love of running and the club, and the recreational running community!

And finally, all of you who attended!

We hope this is not a one-off, but we would like to know your thoughts, on whether we should make it an annual event, what you enjoyed, what you would have wanted to see more of…please share your quick feedback here before Friday this week:

We have a small number of mileage medals left (1,000-1,999km, 3,000-3,999 km, and 4,000-4,999km, available for 1,000ksh on a first come first served basis. Please contact Claire to book yours, Safaricom 0792 745 372 / Whatsapp +33615209676

This week’s run: The Smith, Rongai

Let’s head to The Smith in Rongai for a bit of trail after quite a few tarmac runs! There will be distances from 10 to 35km (all distances are approximate) and there will be an optional runner’s breakfast afterwards. See the Starting Line for full details and to register:

Notice of Swara AGM

We hereby give notice that the Swara Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd December. More information to come on details of this, and nominations for the office of Patron.