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Malawi Impact Marathon

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Wind through busy Malawian villages in the African heat alongside 200 local runners in this incredible running event. In the week, you'll make a lasting impact on the local community with a charity project, so this is a life-changing experience.

How to enter the Malawi Impact Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Run 42.2km
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
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  3. 10km

    Run 10km
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Malawi Impact Marathon routes

Marathon (42.2km)

The course provides a great deal of variety, starting on a road section, then heading onto dusty trails. There is even a grueling 6km section on soft sand. You will pass through bustling village centres, and the African heat will pose a separate challenge.

Half Marathon (21.1km)

Although the course is relatively flat, this race presents a serious challenge. There is a 3km stretch on sand in a dry river bed. That, along with the searing heat will make sure to sap your energy and demand great stores of resilience.


The course includes all the toughest aspects of the longer races. The route is certain to leave you a sweaty, sandy mess by the end, but you'll be buzzing when you finish. Plenty of local runners will choose this option as one of their first ever running events, and schoolchildren will run alongside you in the final stretch, so you can't help but smile.

Event Details

What’s Included

Adventure includes:

  • Transfer to and from Lilongwe airport
  • 6 nights in Athlete's village
  • Malawian food, culture, and lifestyle
  • Daily activities
  • Charity Community Impact Project
  • Campfire stories and drinks
  • Race entry
  • After party
  • Tourism experiences on recovery day

Doesn’t include

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa
  • Alcohol & Incidentals
Raceday Logistics

Day 1: Monday 25th May

Arrival at Lilongwe Airport and transfer to Athletes' Village, arriving just after sunset. Opening Ceremony with introductions to the Impact week and to Malawi.

Day 2: Tuesday 26th May

Your first African sunrise will greet you when you wake up. You'll meet the people you'll be working on the projects with and supporting, and see first hand what a difference you'll be making. Stories and beers around the campfire, before an early night.

Day 3: Wednesday 27th May

Project activities from dam digging to fitting energy efficient stoves. You'll be busy all day, but as well as working hard you'll be learning a great deal.

Day 4: Thursday 28th May

Projects will be finished in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be a KidsRunWild Sports Day, where children from local villages compete with amazing energy. Tiring, but huge fun!

Day 5: Friday 29th May

Rest day. Recover from the week's work and relax before race day. In the morning, there will be some team building games, and some luxury R&R at a local hotel in the afternoon. In the evening, head out for a pre-race pizza!

Day 6: Saturday 30th May

Race day. Run together as a community in a stunning location. You'll have made friends in the week and made a real difference to the community, so crossing the finish line will represent a remarkable life achievement. There'll be a huge welcome at the finish, followed by a well-deserved party into the night.

Day 7: Sunday 31st May

During your race recovery there will be plenty of activities and experiences organised for you, so you can see some amazing Malawian attractions before your transfer to the airport.

Kit List

The route is mainly on dusty trails, including sections on sand, so pack suitable running shoes and clothing. Bear in mind there will be serious heat, so caps and sun cream are recommended!


How much should I aim to raise?

All Impact Runners are requested to raise a minimum of £1000, to ensure that Impact Week will continue and that the legacy in the communities will be long-lasting.

What is the fundraising for?

The event is organised in association with the Naturally Africa Foundation, which works in a range of areas, including education, healthcare, and agriculture. You will witness first hand the work that the NAF is doing within Nkope Bay.

What are the accommodation options?

  • Tent: There will be great spots to choose around the Athletes' Village, with views of Lake Malawi to choose from as well as access to basic washing and toilet facilities.
  • Base Camp: Camp under the African skies, with a mattress and bedding provided. You'll be sharing with 3 other Impact Runners, who are certain to become close friends by the end of the trip.
  • Summit Camp: bunk up and share a dormitory with 3 other participants inside the Athletes' Lodge. You'll have access to a shared bathroom.
  • Fish Eagle Package: Magical, private twin room with an ensuite bathroom.

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