Finishing a marathon will never feel effortless, but doing it in the shadow of Mount Kenya somehow makes it easier to endure. Enter the Safaricom Marathon, which raises money for conservation and community projects in Kenya. Every June, 1,000 runners from around the globe gather at the 55,000-acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, about a four-hour drive from Nairobi, to jog through savannah that teems with elephants, zebras, and giraffes, all under the watchful eye of armed game rangers. That's not to say the Safaricom is easy: Temperatures often soar into the 90s, and though the track is relatively flat, the conservancy sits at a lung-busting altitude of 5,500 feet. But how many races let you check safari and marathon off your bucket list in one go?
Race Date: June 29, 2013