The Kilifi Plantation Airstrip is the venue for next weekends music and arts festival, which will be running alongside the Kilifi Gold Triathlon, one of the original events, many of which are now springing up all over Kenyas hotspots. The Kilifi Triathlon is already celebrating its 10th anniversary and towards that end the sporting extravaganza was spread across the entire weekend by the organizers, to provide a befitting surround programme catering for spectators and family of athletes alike.
Proceed of fundraising activities will go to the Friends of Kilifi District Hospital this year to equip a newly constructed maternity ward, built with financial assistance of last years event, while in previous years other charities like the Mnarani Orphan Feeding Programme, The Kesho Organization and Moving the Goalposts received financial support as a result of the generosity of participants and sponsors.
The annual Kilifi Sprint Triathlon consists of a 750 metre swim, followed by a 20km bike ride, and concludes with a 5km run. The swim will be along the bank of the creek and then back again and will be overseen by a safety boat. For those of you not totally comfortable with swimming in open water it is possible to swim in chest deep water for much of the course. The 20km bike ride will be around the plantation on dirt tracks, so mountain bikes and Black Mambas are recommended! Finally the run will be a 5km loop, again within the confines of the plantation, and marshals directing competitors along the proper course. The race will be marshalled all the way with plenty of water on hand to keep participants hydrated.
Nairobi based Bizzare Bazaars or in short BizBaz, has been selected to run the event and their selection of bands and DJs promises to keep the crowd on their feet for a weekend of family fun full of good music and with food and drinks provided by selected partners, though the traditional selfcatering is ever welcome of course. A crafts bazaar has been organized too for this 10th anniversary edition of the Kilifi Triathlon, making it an all round enticing proposition for coastal residents or those coming in from upcountry, to be there and enjoy. Camping facilities are available as are a number of rooms in and near Kilifi remaining, which however are expected to sell out fast.
A weekend pass will cost a mere 1.500 Kenya Shillings for adults, 800 Kenya Shillings for the under 18s and for kids up to 5 years the entrance is free altogether. As they say in Kenya, come one come all.