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Kilimanjaro Marathon and Half Marathon

2023 Date and Race Details will be Updated Shortly

The Kilimanjaro Marathon and Half Marathon is run at the foothills of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the scenery is spectacular. Tanzania is a diverse country with its towering snow capped mountains, endless plains teeming with game and sun kissed tropical beaches.  

The altitude gain is manageable, with the entire race held between 830m and 1150m altitude on good, tarred roads. Combine this race with a Kilimanjaro climb, or a safari to the Serengeti, or perhaps relax for a few days on Zanzibar Island – the perfect destination to rest those weary legs. The race is run in the foothills of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the scenery is spectacular.

Celebrate 20 years of spectacular views, volunteers, spectators, community spirit and incredible memories. 

Some Information About Mt Kilimanjaro 

Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 5,895 metres, this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free standing mountain in the world (as it is not part of a mountain range).  Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and the sheer presence of this huge mountain dominates the entire area. An icon in Africa, “Kili“ as she is affectionately known, is one of the sights every person should see at least once in his or her life.


The Kilimanjaro Marathon route leaves Moshi stadium and heads down towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar es Salaam for approximately 8-9 km. This section of the route is relatively flat, and there are plenty of spectators and well-wishers along the road.

You turn around and head back to the town of Moshi, 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 route then turns west through a lovely forest area before turning south for a fast downhill run back toward the stadium. Regular water tables as well as ‘sponging points’ and the odd ‘shower’ keep the runners refreshed and cool along the entire route.

The route passes through many smallholding farms, villages, banana and coffee plantations and patches of forest, providing great excitement to the residents who give ample vocal support.

For those running the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon, the route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a short, flat section, it follows the gradual uphill route to Mweka as per the full marathon – before turning towards 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. There is also a 5 km fun run.

Start time

The Kilimanjaro Marathon and Half Marathon events starts and finishes at the Muccob Stadium in Moshi. The Fun Run starts at the bottom of Muccob Stadium, on Uru Road, and finishes inside the stadium. This may change, please check on registration.

  • Marathon 6:30am
  • Half Marathon 7:00am
  • 5km 7:45am

Cut Off Time

  • Marathon 6 hours (12:30pm)
  • Half Marathon 5½ hours (12:30pm)
  • Fun Run No cut off

Minimum Age

Minimum age for the Kilimanjaro Marathon is 20 years and 18 years for the Half Marathon. 


Baggage can be stored in the tent near the start line. Do not leave any valuables in your bag. 

Finish Area

There will be music at the finish, and sometimes live entertainment will be provided. A number of stalls and stands at the finish will sell food, drinks etc.

Health Requirements

You will need a Yellow Fever inoculation. This must be done no later than 10 days prior to departure. If you have had any previous history of liver disorders you must consult your physician first. Malaria prophylactics are a must. Please refer to your own doctor for advice.

Travel Insurance

Please ensure you have sufficient medical cover for the duration of your trip – especially if climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. For your peace of mind RunFun Travel offers travel insurance to cater for all your travel plans and we offer all our clients a 25% discount when you take out your travel insurance in conjunction with your Entry and Accommodation Package. Please contact us for further information 

2022 Kilimanjaro Marathon 4d/3n Itinerary reamins indicative

Day 1 – Friday 25 Feb

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Keys Uru Hotel in Moshi. Spend 3 nights here inclusive of breakfast daily.

Day 2 – Saturday 26 Feb

Collect your race number from registration at Keys Hotel. Spend the day relaxing at the pool or you may choose to go into the town of Moshi, where you can buy curios and have some lunch at one of the local restaurants. 

Day 3 – Sunday 27 Feb

Kilimanjaro Marathon – RACE DAY. Transfers to and from the stadium will be provided for all RunFun Travel clients. A private Hospitality tent with shade and drinks will be provided exclusively to all RunFun Travel clients at the finish.

Day 4 – Monday 28 Feb

Return transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight.

Optional Extras! See under prices for further details

12d Marathon plus Rongai Route Trek 

10d Marathon plus Machame Route Trek available

10d Kili Marathon plus Serengeti Fly-In Safari

Additional travel packages and extension tours are available. Please contact us for details.

Keys Uru Hotel, Moshi

The Keys Uru Hotel is a new and modern tourist and is located in an area where you can easily see the snow of Mount Kilimanjaro.


  • Wireless internet
  • Safety deposit box
  • Luggage storage
  • IDD phones
  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant and bar

2023 Date and Race Details will be Updated Shortly

2023 4d/3n Kili Marathon Travel, Accommodation and Entry Packages - from $tbc pp twin share

Single from $tbc


  • Guaranteed entry to the Marathon or Half Marathon
  • Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Exclusive Hospitality tent facility at the finish line
  • Return transfers to/from stadium
  • 3 night's accommodation in Moshi
  • Breakfast daily
  • Services of our representative on the ground


  • Flights
  • Taxes
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature during your stay, eg alcoholic drinks, snacks, etc
  • Optional sightseeing tours, not included in your itinerary
  • Travel insurance – for your peace of mind RunFun Travel offers travel insurance to cater for all your travel plans.
    Contact us directly for your CoverMore travel insurance!

Optional Extras! Two great Climb options, one sensational Safari

Kilimanjaro Marathon and Machame Route - 10d/9nts fr $tbc pp twin share 

Single: fr $tbc
Dates: Saturday 20 FEB - Monday 28 Feb
Park Fees: included
Please contact us for the full Itinerary and all inclusions.

Kilimanjaro Marathon and Rongai Route - 12d/11nts fr $tbc pp twin share 

Single: fr $tbc pp
Dates: Friday 25 FEB - Tuesday 8 MAR
Park Fees:  included
Please contact us for the full Itinerary and all inclusions.

Marathon plus Serengeti Safari 10d/9nts fr $4940 pp

Single: fr $tbc pp
Dates: Friday 25 FEB - Sunday 6 MAR
Please contact us for the full Itinerary and all inclusions.

Discounts available for small groups travelling together


RunFun Travel is a fully licensed travel agent and can assist you with:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Overseas SIM (phone) card
  • Airport transfers (where not included)
  • Overseas car rental, driving routes, suggested stops along your way
  • Ongoing transfers and travel plans

Please contact us for an obligation free quote that will enhance your trip and we’ll make sure you run the time of your life!

Booking and Deposits

A minimum non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to secure your Kilimanjaro Marathon travel, entry and accommodation package. Should you choose an extension option, your deposit will be advised according to which package you choose. 

All prices are shown in AUD and subject to change at any time without notice.

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