It’s that time again when we tag our friends/colleagues along to interact with nature, brave the elements, test our fitness, and compete for the title of ‘Forest Champion’, all for the noble cause of raising funds for the rehabilitation and restoration of key water catchment forests in Kenya.
Here are a few hacks to make sure you’re maximizing fun and minimizing impact during your #Forest Challenge Experience:
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Your e-ticket.
- Running shoes that you don’t mind trashing.
- Change of clothes, sandals and a towel are highly recommended.
- Cash for parking and additional money for beverages and food.
- Sealable plastic bag if you want to keep keys, phone and money on you while you race.
- Blanket to spread out for friends and family (spectators) who you’ve brought along to cheer you on!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
EVERYTHING will get muddy, so make sure you don’t wear your favorite running attire.
We suggest wearing:
- Light, quick drying running shorts and running shirt
- Older pair of running shoes. They’ll be all muddy at the finish, and you can donate them if you wish
- Socks you don’t mind throwing away (or being brown from now on)!
Sunglasses are nice, but make sure to hold on tight when in the mud and water.
Cameras are a blast, but make sure they’re waterproof!
Have a crazy costume? That’s fine, as long as your clothing does not put anyone (including yourself) in danger.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE?
Forest Challenge participants must at least be 14 years old to race. Any participants younger than 18 need to bring a parent or legal guardian on race day to sign a waiver.
There are a number of activities for spectators including with more accommodating age limits:
- Zumba dancing
- Treasure Hunt
- Ball games
You will need an ID no matter your age to register at the information stand.
WILL I HAVE TO SWIM?
No. Any water that you may need to cross will be no more than 3’-4’ deep.
WILL THERE BE WATER AND AID STATIONS?
Yes, the course will have aid stations along the course with water only. Snacks will be available at the finish line.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
Really? You’re worried about getting wet? The Forest challenge will continue if it’s raining, snowing, or whatever! We do everything we can to put on the challenge in nasty weather but if participant safety or the venue is threatened by the weather, we may have to cancel. Sorry, there are no refunds due to weather.
WHAT IF I GET HURT ON THE COURSE?
Because we know how awesome our participants are, we do have volunteers roaming the course at all times in addition to the medical tent at the finish line.
If you do get hurt, and are around an obstacle, there will be a volunteer or a medic there that has direct communication with the event directors and we can send one of our medical teams to your location. If you are not around an obstacle, please tell a fellow participant to let the next obstacle volunteer or medical teams know and we’ll get help to you ASAP.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH?
It depends how hard core you are! The obstacle course is 8k but is WAY more fun and will take longer than your normal race. Just add 20-30 minutes onto your normal 5k race time.
The ticket price includes:
- Transport to and from Kereita Forest
- A healthy, filling snack
- Participation in the obstacle course
- Sponsors 10 trees towards rehabilitation of the forest
HOW DO I REGISTER/BUY A TICKET?
- Click here to view categories and pricing.
- Choose how many registrations you would like to purchase.
- Purchase your ticket via Mpesa or Visa Card.
HOW DO I JOIN OR CREATE A TEAM AFTER PAYING?
If purchasing less than 5 tickets (a team), no worries! A team will be created for you on the event day at Kereita, upon registration at the information stand.
Will you be our next Forest Champion?Register today!
The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) through its flagship event “The Forest Challenge’’ has participated in efforts to rehabilitate some of Kenya’s most degraded water towers over the past six years.
One of the water towers that are in great need of restoration is the Maasai Mau Forest, a key catchment for the Mara and Ewaso Ngiro rivers. The forest has been badly degraded, mainly through human activity, over the years. The Mara River basin stretches through the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, before it drains into Lake Victoria.
The Forest Challenge gives participants a unique opportunity to interact with nature by taking part in competitive yet fun activities in the Kereita-Aberdare Forest. The aim is to raise funds for the reforestation project.
Through its ‘Call to Action’, EAWLS has been able to rally support and participation from the government, the private sector and individuals to contribute towards forest restoration activities to achieve the national target of at least 10 per cent forest cover in Kenya.
Corporate support and participation in environmental conservation efforts have gone a long way in addressing some of the ecological challenges we face as a nation.
Proceeds from the Forest Challenge have so far been used to grow 6,000 trees in more than 15 acres degraded forestland. This year, EAWLS through the Forest Challenge aims to raise funds to rehabilitate at least 600ha of forest degraded lands in Kenya’s water towers.
With just two months left until this year’s Forest Challenge at Kereita on November 30, several corporates, including Safaricom, have already come on board to support the event through various participation categories that include sponsorship, participation and in-kind support.
The East African Wild Life Society is looking for more partners in the Forest Challenge 2019. The Society invites all concordant partners to take part in the Forest Challenge and make a difference one tree, one acre, one forest at a time.
The Forest Challenge Proposal can be found here.