The Kilimanjaro Marathon takes place every year in February or early March. The whole route showcases perfect views of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you are going to participate, you can choose between the full marathon (42.2 km), a half marathon (21.1 km), or the Fun Run (5 km).
The marathon starts at the Moshi Stadium and heads towards the town, and then along the main road to Dar es Salaam.
for approximately 8-9 km. This section is flat, and there are many spectators along the road. The route then turns around and heads back to Moshi, before turning toward the mountains and starting a steady ascent towards Mweka. The uphill climb is definitely the most challenging part of the route, but the view of Kilimanjaro towering above serves as an inspiration. At approximately 32nd km the route goes downhill, and back to the stadium. Runners will go through small farms, villages, and coffee plantations. Along the way, there are numerous refreshment stops that keep the participants in form. Crowds of viewers and local enthusiasts come to cheer the runners on their way.
Half marathon route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a flat section, it goes uphill to Mweka before turning back to the stadium at approximately 10 km. The atmosphere at the stadium is great, with local bands playing music, and lots of refreshments available.
There is also another running event, the Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon, that usually takes place in June. This one is for amateurs and it doesn't invite any professionals. Anyone can take part and have fun during the run.