The marathon route leaves Moshi stadium and heads down towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar-Es-Salaam for approximately 8-9km. This section of the route is relatively flat, and there are plenty of well-wishers along the road. We turn around and head back to the town of Moshi, tracking down into the actual town itself before turning toward the mountain and heading up a long, steady ascent towards Mweka. The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly. The turnaround point marks approximately 32km and the last section is a fast downhill run back toward the stadium. Regular water tables and the odd 'shower' keep the runners refreshed and cool along the entire route.
The route passes through many small-holder farms, villages, sections of Moshi town (which is very quiet on a Sunday morning!), banana and coffee plantations and patches of forest, providing great excitement to the residents who give ample vocal support.
For those running the half marathon, the route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a short section on the flat, it follows the gradual uphill route to Mweka - as per the full marathon - before turning around at approx 10km to return to the stadium again. The atmosphere in the stadium is electric with local bands playing, entertainment, crowds of local enthusiasts to cheer the runners, and lots of food and drink for sale.
Travel arrangements and packages to access the race are being provided by Wild Frontiers, the official tour operator, a Tanzanian inbound operator with its head office in South Africa, as well as operations in Uganda and Zimbabwe. Wild Frontiers is highly experienced in travel to Tanzania and are members of TATO (Tanzania Tour Operators) as well as South African Tour Operators Association, ASATA.
The race is completely backed up, with regular water points being provided and manned by local organisations. Crowd control and traffic control are provided for, as is medical assistance and communications. Official timekeeping is arranged, as is an official prize giving and function attended by local dignitaries.
*Kilimanjaro Marathon reserves the right to modify any part of the route as a result of circumstances beyond its' control.
Refreshment stations providing liquid refreshments will be provided along the route at ± 4 km interval
Click on the following routes to view the 2013 race routes. 2014 Route will be uploaded/confirmed closer to race date.
> 5 km - Fun run route >> Printable PDF version
> 42.2 km and 21.1 km - Kilimanjaro marathon route >> Printable PDF version