Elgeyo Marakwet County is located in Rift Valley and it borders the following Counties: West Pokot to the North, Baringo to the East, South East and South, Uasin Gishu to the South West and West, and Trans Nzoia to the North West.
The county is divided into three topographic zones namely: The Highlands, Kerio Valley and The Escarpment: all of them separated by the conspicuous Elgeyo Escarpment.
The Highlands constitutes 49 percent of the county’s area and is densely populated due to its endowment with fertile soils and reliable rainfall.The Escarpment and the Kerio Valley make up 11percent and 40 percent respectively.
The county’s total population was 370,712 in 2009 (National Population and Housing Census). The 2012 population projection was 401,989. The inter-census population growth rate for the county is 2.7 percent per annum.
Temperatures range from a minimum of 14 °C to a maximum of 24 °C.
The Kerio River binds the county on the eastern side. From its alluvial plain the topography gradually rises towards the west. The Elgeyo Escarpment stands out distinctly and causes elevation differences of up to 1,500 m. In the northern and southern part of the county the topography is rugged, giving way to more subdued relief differences going westwards.
The underlying geology mainly consists of gneisses from the Basement System. The Cherangany Hills rise gently to form the western half of the Great Rift Valley and extend northwest in a broken chain to Mount Moroto in Uganda. Non-volcanic in origin, the Cherangany Hills resulted from faulting in the Rift Valley.
Major Tourist Attractions are: Kerio Valley National Reserve, Elgeyo Escarpment Sports Tourism, Cherang'any Hills, River Kerio, Rimoi National Reserve, Torok waterfalls, Chebara Dam, Sergoit Hill, Lake Kapnorok, Cheploch Gorge, Kipteber Meteorite Historical Mountain, Kureswo Hotsprings.
The county is notable for its long-standing tradition of producing top athletes who have represented Kenya in many international athletics events.
Notable Athletes hailing from this county include;
Sally Barsosio, Richard Chelimo, Abraham Cherono, Vivian Cheruiyot, Ezekiel Kemboi, Viola Kibiwot, Hilda Kibet, Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat, Lorna Kiplagat, Brimin Kipruto, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, Moses Kiptanui, Frankline Ngelel, Evans Ruto.
The first edition of the Great North Heritage Run intends to take the runners narrative back on track, to promote peace, celebrate our heritage and promote national cohesion and position brand Kenya advantageouly on the global scene.
This event series covers:
|21 Kms Male & Female Race||Elite Race||Open To Everyone|
|21 Kms Community Relay||Community Teams||14 Communities|
|21 Kms County Relay||County Teams||47 Counties|
|10 Kms Male & Female Race||Elite Race||Open To Everyone|
|10 Kms Corporate Challenge||Corporate Teams||From Corporates|
|10 Kms Warrior Race||Community Warriors||From the 14 Communities|
|10 Kms Wakimbizi Race||Refugee Teams|
|10 Kms Cross Border Challenge||Other Counties Participants||Neighbouring Counties|
|10 Kms Women's Race||Community Women||14 Communities|
|3 Kms Family Fun Run||Children & Parents||Open To Everyone|