Watamu Run

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Event Info

5:30am - 9:00am
Turtle Bay Beach Club

The Watamu Run is a new addition to the Watamu Sport Festival, the event is part of the RUNNERSPOINT Series of events whereby top Age-Group athletes earn valuable points towards the Age Group Athlete of The Year Awards.  The event cuts across the countryside of watamu, features beautiful coastal scenery and natural features. The last 700m of both the 20km and 10km races is run on the world famous Turtle Bay Beach.

The Watamu Run will surely be a platform were everyone could get together shedding all differences and thereby give a fillip to social harmony, business, promotion of sports, tourism and all round growth of Watamu along with improving ones own self esteem and well being.

About 80% of the race, in fact, will be run on road, through the streets of watamu town.

Thousands of villagers will line the course to encourage their competitors while local women groups will keep the runners entertained as they tackle the race in their backyard as resident athletes show you the way around their home turf.

20km Route Map

The Race


The first 7km of the 20km Run is on tarmac, next 8km on the wider murram roads meandering through the

20km Elevation Chart


The 10km run is a a shorter loop within the 20km course. 

Water Points:

Waba Drinking Water and Energy Drinks will be provided throughout the race in 300ml or 500ml water bottles, while Coca-Cola will be served in 100ml Coke cups. In addition, potatoes, bananas, water melons and other “morale boosters” will be available at some stations. Where possible, the stations will be manned from both sides of the road but the stations are well spread out to ensure that everyone is catered for. There will be fill-up stations available at the start of the following refreshment stations. 

Medical Information:

There will be 1 medical stations on the 52km route manned by physiotherapy students at K.M.T.C Iten and University of Eldoret students. Additionally there will be a fleet of support vehicles and county government ambulances on patrol to help evacuate any runner with medical incidences. All runners are required to have medical insurance cover in order to take part in this event and those without cover will not be allowed to register. Should a participant end up in hospital, the hospital expenses shall be met by the runner and not the organisation.

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You can qualify from 1 Jan 2019 onward. All entrants are required to have run a qualifier 30km event or longer distance to qualify for the ultra. Your qualifying results must be submitted to us by 8th Nov 2019. Runners who do not submit their qualifiers by this Profile Update deadline will forfeit their entry. Although it is a prerequisite for participation, you do not need to qualify before entering the race – you have until 8th Nov 2019 to submit your qualifier.

Qualifier Events

Need to have your tog bag transported to the finish field while you run? A free Tog Bag Facility, will be available on Race Day. More details of the drop off points will be posted to our website as soon as they have been confirmed. Please attach the label provided to your tog bag, and ensure that you keep the opposing label safe while you run. You will need the matching label to claim your bag. Every care will be taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, please don’t leave expensive or valuable items in these bags as the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any losses.