About this event
This is Kenya. A land of incredible natural beauty with an unrivalled wealth of rare and unique wildlife. In the shadow of Mount Kenya, sun-baked grass lands stretch as far as the eye can see under skies miles wide; unbroken blue above can give way to towering storm clouds in no time.
You’re standing on a rocky outcrop looking out over endless plains, a single trail winds through scrub land and around waterholes before narrowing to nothing where it meets the horizon. The land below is dotted with elephants, rhino, impala, zebra, giraffe and more. Soon you’ll make your way through terrain which varies from savanna to near montane forest, sharing your safari with these beautiful and unique animals.
In this beautiful place, a war is being fought. A war between armed and organised poaching cartels and the Rangers, who stand in the way of a massacre.
The Rangers are the thin wall separating Africa’s last remaining Elephants and Rhinos from a multibillion-dollar trade in wildlife goods. Ivory and Rhino horn have reached such value that it has created a breed of poachers who are armed to the teeth and willing to risk their lives for their trade.
In partnership with Save the Rhino and For Rangers, an international group who provide equipment and welfare support to the men protecting Africa’s legacy, we bring you an opportunity to join the fight by taking on a life changing challenge in the home of long distance running.
This is the For Rangers Ultra.
Follow us to adventure
- Location: Kenya
- Terrain: Plains, Grassland, Mountains, Dry River Beds
- Cost: £2750
- Payments: In full or monthly instalments.
- Distance: 230kms
- Stages: 5
- Red Jersey Stage: The Maassai Rush
- Base Camp: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
- Finish: The Equator Line- Ol Pejeta Conservancy
- Daytime Temperature: 15°C - 34°C
- Evening Temperature: 2°C - 12°C
A 230km race split into 5 stages crossing five wildlife conservancies each of which has it’s own characteristic terrain from verdant grasslands to forest; the playground of East Africa’s iconic wildlife.
Runners should expect company. Under the watchful eye of the Rangers we are there to support, you will encounter the diverse wildlife of these incredible conservation areas. The trails through the grasslands will be baking and the terrain through the rocky hills and riverbeds will be rough underfoot. Undulating between 1500m and 2000m above sea level the habitat and conditions vary hour by hour.
As a self-sufficient race, you are responsible for carrying your entire kit, including food, safety equipment and a minimum of 2.5 litres of water which can be refilled at checkpoints along the stages. You’ll need some specialist gear to take on this challenge.
You’ll spend each night under canvas at our base camps under massive skies full of stars.
First and foremost, the chance to race through a remote, beautiful and challenging area where few tourists ever get the opportunity to go, under the watchful eye of a highly qualified team of medics and guides. You’ll also get your race t-shirt, finishers medal, digital copies of photos taken by our intrepid race photographers, transport and storage of your luggage, an organised transfer to and from the race, and a celebratory meal and drinks after the race with a hotel stay. Please note flights to the race are not included.
Each runner is responsible for carrying all items listed on the mandatory kit list (which can be found in the Race Pack) throughout the event. That means all your clothes, medical supplies, food and sleeping kit will be on your back (N.B. in the Ice Ultra, your sleeping bag is carried by the race team). This doesn’t mean you’re on your own, though. There’ll be a constant supply of clean drinking water, and boiling water for the preparation of freeze-dried meals, at every camp, as well as drinking water at each checkpoint. Checkpoints are placed approximately every 10km, and there you will find a small shelter, a qualified medic and another supply of clean drinking water.
At BTU, we’re determined to be as open as possible in our entrance criteria. We believe everyone should have a chance to take on one of these life-changing challenges. That said, a significant level of physical fitness is needed to take on races like ours in relative safety. Therefore, we ask that anyone entering one of our races has, at least, finished a marathon-length event with 12 months of their chosen race.
Once you’ve clicked ‘Enter…’ above, and filled in the short registration form, you’ll be contacted by one of our team. You can pay via PayPal or BACS transfer. You can pay in full or make stage payments. To read our full terms and conditions of entry, please click here. To learn more about what your deposit payment is for, click here.
Beyond the Ultimate has a decade of experience in organising multi-stage ultramarathons in remote locations. Our expertise spans health and safety in extreme sports, T.V. stunt work, mass participation events and more. Our team includes the full roster of ultra-runners from elite podium winners through the mid to the back of the pack. We consider the race experiences and safety from all participants’ perspectives. We recruit and develop teams local to each race to help manage our events, utilising their priceless local knowledge and logistical know-how. You’ll find a team of qualified medics at all our events, all recruited from within the British NHS. They watch over all our competitors and race team members throughout. All runners also wear a GPS tracking device monitored throughout the race and allows 2-way conversation between the runner and our team wherever they need it.