The Amazing Maasai Marathon
the Amazing Race
In the spring of 2010, “Maasai Warriors” Paul and Francis received a phone call from China. A few weeks later, they were aboard an international flight to Shanghai, where they would participate in the Chinese-version of the Emmy Award-Winning television series The Amazing Race, China Rush. Along with “Ultrarunners” Sarah & Molly and eight other teams from around the world, Paul and Francis would compete in mental, luck, strength and transportation challenges throughout 12 cities in China.
an Amazing Marathon
Hailing from the marathon nation of Kenya, Francis and Paul liked to run. Fellow contestants Sarah and Molly ran ultra-marathoners throughout Asia, and the two teams soon became fast friends. When the group decided to collaborate, an idea was born to found an endurance running event in Kenya to support the girls of their community. In the summer of 2011, the friends reunited in the Kenya for a second amazing run… this time, the Amazing Maasai Marathon.
an Amazing Project
To manage the donations and proceeds of the event, The Amazing Maasai Girls Project was inaugurated in August 2010. Since then, $400,000 has been raised for the AMGP scholarship fund. The marathon continues to serve as its main fundraising platform and both organizations continue to work together closely.