Participant Information - Marsabit - Lake Turkana Half Marathon

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:

  • Loiyangalani - Marsabit - 28th to 30th June 2018

| 21 Kms Run Course Map | | 10 Kms Run Course Map | | 3 Kms Family Run |

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 Moran Race Community Warriors From the 14 Communities
10 Kms Women's Race Community Women 14 Communities
3 Kms Family Fun Run Children & Parents Open To Everyone

Marsabit County Information:

Marsabit County, set in the former Eastern Province and some 550km north of Nairobi is the largest county in Kenya covering 70, 961 square kilometres. Its capital is Marsabit and its largest town Moyale.

Marsabit borders three counties; Wajir to the east, Turkana to the west and Isiolo to the south. It also borders the country of Ethiopia to the north.

The county is said to have been named after a Burji farmer called Marsa who was brought to Marsabit (from Ethiopia) by colonialists to teach the locals how to grow crops.

When his name was called out by his masters, Marsa used to answer "Abet" (Yes in Amharic) and this led to the creation of the name Marsa-Abeit - which later became Marsabit.

Marsabit County Government:

Marsabit County constitutes four constituencies: North Horr, Laisamis, Saku and Moyale. The county's top leaders are Mr Ukur Yatani Kanacho (Governor), Mr Isaiah Nakoru (County Commissioner), Godana Hargura (Senator) and Ms Nasra Ibrahim Ibren (Women Representative).

Other top leaders in Marsabit County include Francis Chachu Ganya (MP-North Horr), Joseph Lekuton (MP-Laisamis), Dido Ali Raso (MP-Saku) and Roba Sharu Duba (MP-Moyale).

People of Marsabit:

Marsabit County is home to 291,166 people (male - 52% and female - 48%). The county is populated by various ethnic communities including the Cushitic Rendille, Gabbra and Borana as well as the Nilotic Samburu and Turkana. Marsabit County is a melting pot of cultures bringing together 14 ethnic communities including the Rendile, Borana, Gabra, Samburu, Turkana, Pokot, El Molo, Konso, Sakuye, Watta, Somali, Gari, Dasnach and Bingi.

Marsabit is one of the driest counties of Kenya, with temperatures ranging between 10.1° C during the cold months (June and July) and 30.2° C during the hot months (January-March and September-October).

Major Towns in Marsabit:

Marsabit town is the headquarters of Marsabit County. The town, which is set on an extinct volcano - Mount Marsabit - aids the movement of goods between Isiolo and Moyale. It is home to Gabbra, Rendille, Turkana, Samburu, Borana and Burji among other communities.

Moyale: Located on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, Moyale is basically two towns in one; the smaller Kenyan Moyale and the bigger Ethiopian Moyale - with the main border running between them. Thanks to its strategic location, Moyale has a vibrant regional livestock market and a flourishing trade market.

Loiyangalani: Situated on the south-eastern coast of Lake Turkana, near Mount Kulal, Loiyangalani town hosts about 1000 people, mainly Samburu, El Molo and Rendille. It is also home to a growing number of Turkana fishermen who engage in small-scale fishing on the shores of Lake Turkana. Loiyangalani is fast becoming a popular tourist destination in northern Kenya, thanks to the colourful cultural experiences offered by the communities living in the area.

Tourist Attractions:

Despite being a semi-arid region, Marsabit County is endowed with several tourist attractions. These include Marsabit National Park, Lake Paradise, Chalbi desert, Lake Turkana, Desert Museum, Sibiloi National Park, among others.

This huge diverse and rich cultures coupled with historical and geographical sites and the biggest virgin landmass in a single geographical boundary, the county has huge tourism potential. The county is proud to be the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ the Koobi Fora, a a UNESCO world heritage site and renowned region of palaeoanthropological sites where the largest ever collection of well-preserved hominid fossils dating from between 2.1 and 1.3 million years ago have been discovered. The county also boasts of the only desert Museum in Africa run by the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).

Lake Turkana, the largest desert lake in the world, measuring about 5000 square kilometres is also found in Marsabit. The water body with an estimated 500 kilometre-long open shoreline contains some of the largest salt-water crocodiles, as well as abundant Nile perch and tilapia fish species.

With one arm of the LAPPSET(Lamu Port and Lamu South Sudan Ethiopian Transport) Corridor Highway cutting through the County from Isiolo town in Isiolo County to Laisamis town, Marsabit town, Turbi and linking Ethiopia at Moyale town, the County is on the verge of a new dawn.

Other unique tourist attractions include the Marsabit National Park and Mount Marsabit Tropical Rainforest, Chalbi Desert, Lake Paradise, Central and Southern Islands, the Petrified Forests, , habitat of “Ahmed” (the largest elephant ever found on African soil) and the rare gravy zebra species.

Travelling to Marsabit:

From Nairobi, Marsabit County is accessed via Nanyuki and Isiolo - a 550km journey that is usually covered in two days due to the bad condition of the road. The 122 km road section between Merille River and Marsabit town is quite rough and is only tackled by 4 by 4 vehicles during the dry season.

Marsabit is also accessible by air, with two airstrips - Marsabit Airstrip and Segel Airstip servicing charter aircraft. The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is the only organisation offering regular flights from Nairobi (Wilson Airport) to Marsabit every Tuesday and Friday. The flight takes up to an hour depending on the weather.


Marsabit National Park offers some of the best accommodation in the county. Marsabit Lodge situated within the park is a popular choice for many travellers. Other accommodation options include Ahmed and Abdul camp-sites near the national park, Al-Yusra Hotel and Hotel Abreham both in Moyale.

Wednesday 27th June Travel By Road
Day 1 Thursday 28th June Schools, Colleges & Training Camps Outreach
Community Door to Door Registration
Sports Education
Anti-doping Workshops
Peace and National Cohesion Community Forums
Music, Heritage, Art & Culture Mentorship
Personal Branding, Communication & Image
Life Skills & Leadership Impartation
On Location Race Registration
Day 2 Friday 29th June Running Kit Collection
Arrival & Registration
Tree Planting
Sports, Art, Culture and Heritage Expo/Market
Music and Dance Festival & County Cultural Exchange
Native League Football Activity
Sponsors/ Partners Dinner with County Representatives
Face of Culture & Heritage Beauty Pageant


Day 3 Saturday 30th June 21km Elite Men & Women Road Race
21km Relay - All 47 Counties - National Cohesion Relay
21km Community Relay
3km Children/ Family Run
Prize Giving Ceremony
Photo Sessions
Environmental Cleanup
Sponsors/ Partners - Nature Drives & Heritage Tours
"Beats & Beads" - Marsabit Lake Turkana Moonlight Concert
Day 4 Sunday 1st July Departures 5:00am

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