Participant Information - Lake Turkana Half Marathon Eliye Springs Lodwar

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:

  • Lodwar - Turkana - 2018

Turkana-land is home to some of Ateker cultural cluster :Eg Turkana, Toposa, Merille, Digiro and Tempes. The Turkana community dominate this area. Due to fishing activity, river- lake nilotes-luo community also settled here.

The Turkana-land Narrative has been one void of hope. Despite being the largest county and strategically located in East Africa neighboring Uganda, Southern Sudan & Ethiopia, the Turkana tale has been that of a people swimming in strife, drought, starvation and ignorance.

Turkana shares its borders with four counties; Marsabit to the east, Samburu to the south-east, Baringo and West Pokot to the south-west.

The county also borders with South Sudan to the north, Uganda to the west and Ethiopia to the north-east.

The name Turkana is widely believed to be a corruption of Turkwen which means 'cave people' in Kiturkana, the language of the Turkana people.

Famous people in Turkana County include Paul Ereng, Joseph Ebuya and Ajuma Nasenyana.

Paul Ereng is a former Kenyan runner and the winner of the 800m race at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Ereng is now a renowned athletics coach based in the United States. Joseph Ebuya is a Kenyan athlete who was crowned the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships champion. Ajuma Nasenyana is a New York based supermodel.

Turkana County has a great potential as a tourist destination. Some of the top attractions of the county include Lake Turkana, Koobi Fora, Dancing Stones of Namoratunga and Sibiloi National Park among others. Turkana boasts beautiful sceneries of mountains, waterfalls and beaches.

With a length of over 250km Lake Turkana is the world's largest desert lake. The lake has a huge number of hippos and the world's largest population of Nile crocodiles. It is a source of life for the Turkana, El Molo and other communities who depend on fishing in the lake.

Turkana is accessible from Nairobi via Kitale, a 700km road journey. The 380km road between Nairobi and Kitale is tarmac. On the other hand, the 320km between Kitale and Lodwar (via Kapenguria) is in a bad state and may require a 4WD vehicle.