Welcome to the 2016 Kisumu World AIDS Marathon. We're not just any marathon; we're running to raise awareness that AIDS sufferers globally must have access to the AIDS medicine. We run so we can collectively channel our energy to say, "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths". With one voice we can speak for the 15,100,000 orphans in sub-Saharan Africa who have lost one or both parents due to AIDS. The number of people dying from AIDS has reduced from 2,000,000 to 1,100,000 from 2005 to 2015. We will not sit idle knowing the number of newly infected HIV-positive people has reduced from 2,200,000 to 2,100,000 from 2010 to 2015. Clearly, more emphasis needs to be placed on reducing the number of new HIV-infected people.
WAM focuses on the millions of orphans living in sub-Saharan Africa who have the right to be raised in a loving home and providing these orphans with clean drinking water, nutritious food & free education through high school. Treatment for HIV+ adults can prevent more kids from becoming orphans. For each HIV+ person starting AIDS medicine, there will be 50% more newly infected HIV+ people. Let s expand delivery of HIV prevention & get AIDS medicine out to all AIDS sufferers.
Your $140 entry fee will entitle the first 100 runners who sign up to have dinner at 4 orphan dinner dances on November 27, 28, 29 & 30. Medical care will also be provided at these orphan dinner dances. If you are a doctor, dentist, physician’s assistant, clinical officer, nurse or licensed physical therapist and would like to help, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation will be provided and we will be leaving from the Imperial Express Hotel and bringing you back to the Imperial Express Hotel; the hotel is a five minute walk to the start of the World AIDS Marathon.
November 27, 2016, orphan dinner dance (location to be disclosed and I promise you will not be disappointed). We will depart from the Imperial Express Hotel at 11:30 AM and we will leave about 4:30 PM
November 28, 2016, orphan dinner dance at Alice Visionary Foundation Project’s site in Amilo Village, noon - 4 PM. We will depart from the Imperial Express Hotel at 11:00 AM and we will leave Amilo Village about 4 PM
November 29, 2016 orphan dinner dance at The Mama Pilista Bonyo Memorial Health Centre, irrigation sub-location, 2 - 5 PM. We will depart from the Imperial Express Hotel at 1:00 PM and we will leave the Health Centre about 5 PM.
November 30, 2016 orphan dinner dance at Kisumu Museum, 1 - 5 PM. We will depart from the Imperial Express Hotel at 12:45 PM and we will leave the Museum about 5 PM. Your admission fee, if applicable, is included in your registration fee.
You will have the rare and unique pleasure of dining and dancing with a minimum of 1,000 orphans and being entertained by them as well. If you cannot attend the orphan dinner dances please write me at email@example.com, as transportation is included in your registration fee, but is costly.
Photos of last year's World AIDS Marathon, orphan dinner dances and childrens walk can be viewed by visiting the link, http://www.worldaidsmarathon.com/PhotosfromWAM2015.html.
Prize money will be $1,000 minimum. This is clearly not a race to run if prize money is your goal. The prize is raising awareness about the plight of AIDS sufferers and the orphans of Africa. The marathon and half marathon running fees for Kenyan runners is 100 shillings, about $1, and can be paid on-site the morning of the marathon. Please arrive by 5:30 AM. Alternately there will be a few facilities for Kenyans to sign up in advance, locations to be determined.
To donate or fundraise for this event, please visit http://www.active.com/donate/aidsmarathon16.
Event details and schedule
Please remember to bring sunscreen & DEET. This is not an easy course as some of the roads are paved but not smooth; some of the course is run on dirt roads with rocks the size of a fist, and some of the course is run on streets that have not been closed to traffic. The temperature is generally in the mid to upper 60 degrees Fahrenheit at the start, and the finish temperatire may reach the low 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Water is avaialbale every mile. Glucose and sponges are available at about half of the water stops.
Runners and walkers need to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Stadium by 5:30 AM. Race day bibs should be picked up at the Imperial Express Hotel on November 30, between 3 - 7 PM. T-shirts, a limited supply, will be given out at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground on race day. We try to start the race at 6:15 AM but a more realistic start time is 6:30 - 7 AM, but we still need people to arrive by 5:30 AM.
The video link below is the story of Spain's charismatic media star Raul Gomez's lovefest-trek across Kenya, meeting Kenyan marathon champion Wilson Kipsang, President Obama's grandmother, partying like there's no tomorrow at an orphan dinner dance the day before the 2015 World AIDS Marathon and running the half marathon. The enitre video is definitely worth watching, however, the second half is the story of the marathon, orphan dinner dance and how Dr. Richard Sartori of the USA saved the lives of 33 Kenyan orphans
Richard M. Brodsky Fdn