Lewa Downs, a private ranch and rhino conservation area, hosts an annual marathon in the month of June through the property. This race is run over a bush course that winds its way across open plains, through forest and hills. The race is a charity fund-raiser set up to raise money for the conservation of wildlife, in particular rhinos.
The event attracts many international competitors, and is open to both professional and amateur runners. The Lewa marathon is a race with a difference, often watched form the roadside by many of the species it has been set up to protect.