The Safaricom Lewa Marathon is an annual fund-raising event held at Lewa Downs. The 42 Kms (26 miles) endurance race is sponsored by Safaricom in partnership with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in order to raise funds for numerous community development and wildlife conservation efforts. Runner’s World Magazine included the Lewa Marathon as being, ‘One of the top ten races to run in your life’ due to its unique setting. One of the more notable characteristics of the Lewa Marathon is the setting in which it takes place. The race takes place on the Lewa wildlife conservancy, a game park that is home to variety of large African wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinoceros, and the greatly feared Cape buffalo. There are no physical barriers separating the runners from the wildlife, making Lewa a unique experience in the running world. The course consists of two 20 kms (12 miles) loops that are run on a dirt road that ordinarily serves as a four-wheel drive trail for safari vehicles.