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Mar 4

The 2018 Kilimanjaro Marathon

March 4, 2018

The 2018 Kilimanjaro Marathon - Race Connections


2018 Kilimanjaro Marathon

Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 5 895 metres, this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free standing mountain in the world (as it is not part of a mountain range).

Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and the sheer presence of this huge mountain dominates the entire area. An icon in Africa, “Kili“ as she is affectionately known, is one of the sights every person should see at least once in his or her life.

Every year, at the end of February/beginning March, a standard 42.2 km marathon, a 21.1 km half marathon and a 5 km fun run will be held in the town of Moshi, Tanzania. This race has been set up to promote the sport in Tanzania, and has the official backing of the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association, the IAAF, and is registered with AIMS.

The marathon route leaves Moshi stadium and heads down towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar es Salaam for approximately 8-9 km. This section of the route is relatively flat, and there are plenty of spectators and well-wishers along the road. We turn around and head back to the town of Moshi, tracking down into the actual town itself before turning toward the mountain and heading up a long, steady ascent towards Mweka. The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly. The turnaround point marks approximately 32 km and the last section is a fast downhill run back toward the stadium. Regular water tables as well as ‘sponging points’ and the odd ‘shower’ keep the runners refreshed and cool along the entire route.

The route passes through many smallholding farms, villages, parts of town, banana and coffee plantations and patches of forest, providing great excitement to the residents who give ample vocal support.

For those running the half marathon, the route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a short, flat section, it follows the gradual uphill route to Mweka as per the full marathon – before turning around at approx 10 km to return to the stadium again. The atmosphere in the stadium is electric with local bands playing, entertainment, crowds of local enthusiasts to cheer the runners, and lots of refreshments for sale.

The logistics of the operation are run by the Kilimanjaro Marathon Club and the members of both the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association (TAAA) and the local Kilimanjaro Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA).

The Kilimanjaro Marathon may also be used as a qualifier for the Comrades Marathon.

Race Information


International and Rest of Africa residents

Any IAAF accredited road race of 42.2 kilometres or longer (refer to qualifying table) may be used as a Comrades qualifying event.

South African residents

Due to events changing dates and/or being cancelled, it is recommended that you check the latest updates on the Runners’ Guide site at http://www.runnersguide.co.za

We implemented a new electronic time keeping system in 2016 to assist with instant results via the website.

There will be two (2) disposable timing chips on the back of your race number
These chips will be covered with foam strips to prevent water and body fluids from damaging the
Please do not remove these strips if one does NO TIME will be recorded
The race number must be placed on the front of your vest
Please do not fold or crumple the race number
To view your finish time and picture go to http://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com
For any race queries e mail timing@topevents.co.za

There will be a roaming ambulance – if you are having difficulty STOP AND LET A FELLOW RUNNER ADVISE AN ORGANIZER WHERE YOU ARE THEY WILL LET US KNOW, and you will be collected off the route. There also is a sweep-vehicle at the end.

You also have telephone numbers printed on your race numbers that you can phone in case of an Emergency – KK Security will respond accordingly to your call.


This race will be televised on SuperSport and shown in April. The film crew will be on bikes – so smile, and wave!!

Apart from local print and TV, this race will be covered extensively on Super Sport (SA & the rest of Africa) and SABC and possibly international TV and radio, and of course athletics magazines. The whole event is being filmed by a contracted company for inclusion in TV channels after the event.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page and our website to find out the scheduled slots and times.

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHS will be taken along the route. We may not manage to get all of you, and cannot promise top quality! All photos will be posted on the website and there is no charge to download. Hi-res will also be available.

There will be a number of stands and people selling food and drinks at the stadium, plus entertainment.

NO VEHICLES other than organisers’ will be allowed into the stadium. There is parking outside on Sokoine Road / Mweka Road opposite the TOP entrance of MuCO. You will NOT BE ALLOWED to bring your car into the stadium, or into the area surrounding it – so please don’t try! Similarly access at certain entrances will be restricted to athletes only.


Travel Packages
A deposit per participant is required with booking. We reserve the right to cancel any entrant if payments are not received on time as laid out in the “Pricing Schedule”.

A detailed deposit and payment schedule is laid out in the “Pricing Schedule”.

Guests booking a full travel package will automatically have their entry fee & hospitality tent included if they book with the official booking agent Wild Frontiers.

Itinerary Variations

While every effort is made to keep to all published information, we reserve the right to make changes. In some cases, weather or local conditions can necessitate an alteration to the event and this does not constitute any reason for refund. No refund for unused services will be considered. Kilimanjaro Marathon Club reserve the right to correct printing errors or omissions at any time, unaffected portions will continue to remain valid.

(Entries Only – submitted via website (without pre-payment)

These are collated and you will be contacted to advise that we are holding your entry. You may collect your pre-registered race number, and pay, at Keys Hotel, Uru Road, Moshi on Fri/Sat ONLY (10 am – 5pm).

There is a separate pre-registration desk to save you time. On line entries close two weeks prior to race date.

Entries & Hospitality Tent – pre paid

Please note you will be invoiced via Wild Frontiers, and you must pre-pay in full before Friday 2nd March, 16h00, 2018.

Your race number will be available at the Pre-Registration Desk, at the Keys Hotel, Moshi on Fri/Sat.

If you arrive after 5pm, an envelope will be left at RECEPTION of Keys Hotel with your name on. This is only if you have PAID IN FULL and sent proof accordingly to Wild Frontiers email: reservations@wildfrontiers.com or fax to +27 (0) 86 689 6759

If you are in doubt, please email reservations@wildfrontiers.com and we will verify


No mobile seconding of any description will be allowed on the route. Runners are allowed seconding within a distance of 100 meters either side of the official refreshment stations.

Aid stations will be withdrawing from the route after a relative time calculated on the cut-off.


OPEN – Full Marathon 21 yrs and older, male and female

OPEN – Half Marathon 18 yrs and older male and female

10KM Event Categories include – 18 years and over in the following disciplines.

WHEELCHAIR ONLY male / female

TRICYCLE ONLY male/female

CORPORATE SPONSORS’ TEAMS – will be included in general results as well as on a separate result sheet.

FUN RUN – No official results will be produced, ages 10 years and upwards if unaccompanied by an adult. Any age with adult supervision.

Whilst categories may be noted on the results there may not necessarily be any recognition or prizes on race day for categories indicated above.

The race is being run under the auspices of the Tanzanian Amateur Athletics Association TAAA and the IAAF rules will govern this event.

There will be a tog bag tent near the start line. Do not leave anything valuable in your tog bag please.

There will be music at the finish, and sometimes live entertainment will be provided. There is an hospitality tent, with shade and food available as well as a masseur at an additional cost (this should be booked at the time of entering). A number of stalls and stands at the finish will sell food, drinks etc.

Full amount will be forfeited for the race entry and/or hospitality tent.

Tour Package and Travel arrangements policy is per Wild Frontiers terms and conditions

Kilimanjaro Marathon Club is responsible for arranging and providing the services during the marathon.

Wild Frontiers is responsible for tour packages purchased via their terms and conditions.

Kilimanjaro Marathon Club and the customer expressly agree that the laws of Tanzania shall govern this agreement and any claim made.

Entrants and participants [‘Participants’] in the Kilimanjaro Marathon [‘the Event’], Tigo Half Marathon, Gapco 10km WheelChair and Tricycle Event and the Grand Malt 5km Fun Run acknowledge that although all precautions have been taken by the organising body (The Kilimanjaro Marathon Club) to ensure the safety of all participants, there may be dangers inherent in participation in the Event and activities related thereto.

Participants voluntarily assume the risks of attendance at and participation in the Event and hereby waive all claims of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising in relation to the Event or otherwise against any parties, including but not limited to the organising body, the sponsors, the advertisers, any local authority and/or the directors, employees, suppliers and assistants of these parties, including any individual, official, marshal or agent (“the Parties”).

Participants hereby irrevocably indemnify and hold harmless the Parties against any liability and claims of any nature whatsoever and howsoever arising (whether directly or indirectly caused and whether arising from negligence, albeit gross, or from the participation or involvement in or passage to or from the Event or otherwise) including but not limited to liability for delay, inconvenience, accident, death, injury, illness to their person, or loss or damage to property or costs and expenses sustained, incurred or put to by Participants and/or by any minor children under the care or control of Participants.

Parents or guardians authorising a minor’s participation in the Event, which shall prima facie be evidenced by their signature on entry forms, thereby consent to such minor being bound to the aforegoing and further indemnify the Parties to the extent, if any, to which such minor is not capable of waiving his/her rights as stipulated above.

Participant confirms that they are competent and / or authorized to sign registration forms and agree to the terms and conditions hereto. They further give permission for the free use of their name, voice or picture [still or moving] to be used in any broadcast, telecast, advertising, promotion or any other form of advertising of this and future events.


March 4, 2018
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Kilimanjaro Marathon
+27 (0) 11 702 2035
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