In 2018, ForRangers and Ol Pejeta Conservancy pioneered the first virtual ultra in Kenya. Enlisting participants from all over the world, the marathon was 1,245 kms long and traced a virtual route between Kenya’s rhino parks and conservancies. 31 people took part, and enjoyed receiving information about the wildlife areas as they went from one checkpoint to the next, while maintaining a demanding exercise regime.
For those of you who are not familiar with a virtual ultra, here''s how it works:
The event was created for people who want to take part in a significant physical challenge for conservation, but don''t have the time, funds, health or even fitness to travel to some far-flung corner of the world and participate in an actual ultra marathon. This is much more of a slow-burner, a daily commitment that participants can take privately, at their own pace and in their own style. All they need to do is cover a certain distance within a certain number of days - 365, to be precise. Using a fitness app, participants will log distances covered in each session - and this can be running, walking, swimming, rowing, playing tennis, riding horses - anything they please! - and enter them into a customised web-app.
As a sponsor you''ll also be able to see their progress next to one of our rangers (on their daily patrols), and even a collared lion, as they move around their territories!
Wild Dog Marathon
- The same track as before: 1,245 kms around Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries
- Average daily distance of 3.4 kms (2.1mi.)
- Compete with one of our rangers on their daily patrols!
- The distance between Ol Pejeta and Kruger National park: 4,435 kms (2,755.8mi.)
- Average daily distance of 12 kms (7.5mi.)
- Compete with one of our rangers, and a collared lion!
By competing and/or sponsoring the 2019 Virtual Ultra Marathon, you will help make sure our rangers have everything they need to continue their critical work in conservation.
To sponor Nick during his 2019 Virtual Ultra Marathon, just click on the DONATE button at the top of the page.
For more information about the Virtual Ultra, ForRangers or Ol Pejeta Conservancy, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.