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Ultra Run

November 10, 2023 @ 12:00 am - November 12, 2024 @ 6:30 pm

The Chalbi Desert Ultra (CDU) is a 100km endurance race set in the Northern desert of Kenya. The run is designed to be the ultimate running challenge in Kenya. The inaugural event will be on 11th November 2023 at Kalacha Marsabit. Participants will set out to run 15km, 30km, 50km, and 100km routes in the harsh desert terrain.

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Date: 11th November 2023
Location: Kalacha, Marsabit
Available Distances: 15km, 30km, 50km, 100km
Start Time: 0500hrs

9th Nov: Thursday
For the Overland Truck Package - Morning departure from Nairobi and travel to Kalacha to arrive in the evening.

10th Nov: Friday
Local Excursion at Kalacha and the Desert Dunes. The Team taking up 2nights package arrive in Kalacha today.

11th Nov: Saturday; Run & Festival
0400hrs Assemble at the Start line.
Karibu Jua party.
0430hrs  Race Briefing.
0500hrs 100km Start.
0530hrs 50Km & 30Km Start.
0630hrs 15Km Start.
0900hrs Cultural Tours & Excursions
1800hrs Finish Cutoff
1830hrs Chalbi Desert Festival (Stardust Party)

12th Nov: Sunday
Travel Back to Nairobi.

The Ultra Run festival will be happening in Kalacha town located in Marbasit. Kalacha is accessible by road and take approximately 10-12 hours from Nairobi.

Group Joining Road Transport: We will have a group joining Landcruiser and Overland truck travel packages departing from Nairobi. The travel packages as outlined at the end of the documents and more will be shared as partners go live.

For those seeking to self-drive all the way to the venue, A 4x4 vehicle with good clearance is recommended. Kindly note that a section of the road is rough terrain with limited services along the way. It is there crucial to have spare tires, tools, and provisions. From Nairobi, Drive to Isiolo to Marsabit and on wards to Kalacha.

For those wishing to enjoy a drive on the Ethiopia bound highway WITHOUT owning a 4X4,you can drive to Marsabit town wherw we will have parking organised at KWS and from there you can hire Land Cruisers to take you to the desert.

We are working closely with a charter company to provide a flight on Friday with a Sunday return. Details will be shared in due course.

PS: It is recommended that you plan for 2 extra hours when travelling with Overland trucks and large vehicles.

Race Entry
Race Charges: Advance Entry KSH 2,850 (Before 4th September 2023)
Standard Entry KSH 3,500 (After 4th September 2023)

1. Make payments via MPESA Paybill 695596 Account (Your Name Followed by ChalbiRun)
2. You will be required to copy and paste this code onto the registration form to complete your registration (link below).
3. Fill the registration form on this link:  Confirmations and queries must be confirmed with 0729 995 059  | trips@bucketlist.co.ke

Race Entry Includes
1. Race Logistics(Aid Stations with hydration, water and nutrition)
2. Finishers Medal & Digital Certificate
3. Race Support, Health and Safety Logistics
4. Festival ticket

Available Slots
Due to the nature of the logistics, we will admit the following entries on the inaugural run:-
100km – 30 Runners
50km – 50 Runners
30km & 15km – 150 Runners
Spectators – 800 Festival Tickets

Race Support
The race will have support points at least every 10kms for water, fruits and hydration refill. The Aid stations will also coordinate bailout options for participants.
The Race will be supported by Ground 4X4 Crews and Ambulance.

50km, 100km Runners Self Assessment
This is an endurance run in some of the harshest conditions. While the race starts before dawn, it is expected that 50km and 100km runners will run in harsh desert terrain and temperatures for a considerable period of time. It is important that runners joining for this race tick the following boxes:-
1. History and experience of running distances above Full Marathon (42km).
2. Experience of trail and track running.
3. Ability in basic navigation using GPS and or natural features.
4. Experience in self-support races. Even where support is provided you will need to carry your water and supplies.
5. No history of incapacitation due to high temperatures.

Finish Time & Cutoffs
For health and Safety reasons the organizers will employ a cutoff system that requires
runners on the route to have finished certain distances at certain times. A
comprehensive list of this cutoff system will be released. The system ensures we get all
runners back to camp by darkness.

Kalacha is surrounded by hospitable communities that used to hold the famous International Kalacha Cultural Festival.
The organizer is partnering with the local Community, Area Member of Parliament, County Government and National security agencies in ensuring a safe event for all participants.

The weather in Chalbi has been unpredictable in the last 5 years due to global warming. Traditionally November is the short rain season but these rains have failed in the last 5 years. Temperatures range with Lows of 17 °C to Highs of 20 °C to 27 °C.

At the event, there will be several food points strategically set up and open to everyone. Throughout the event, participants can explore these food points at their own convenience and pay directly to the providers.

1. Trail Running Shoes.
2. Comfortable pair of socks(Extra pair recommended)
3. GPS Sports Watch
4. Powerbanks and BT Speakers
5. Personal Effects (Wash kit, Slippers, Soap, Tissue paper, Toothbrush + paste)
6. Hoodie/Warm Shuka / Shawl for evenings
7. Refillable Water Bottles
8. Hydration/camel bag for your run
9. Headlamp /Torch
10.Sunhat and Sunscreen
11.Insect repellant and Anti Histamine
12.Preferred drinks, rehydration tablets& Refreshments.
14.Any personal medication / Personal first aid items
15.All white outfit for the evening party.
16.African party-themed attire.

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November 10, 2023 @ 12:00 am
November 12 @ 6:30 pm
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Chalbi Desert Ultra
+254 729 995 059
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Chalbi Desert
Kalacha, Marsabit Kenya
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+254 729 995 059
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