Impact Marathon Malawi

Nkopola, Malawi

20th- 26th May 2019


Mwalandiridwa! We live and breath the mysterious continent, and we eat challenges for hors d'oeuvres and chase it down with a local brew. And because no challenge is too much for us, we've been tasked to support the Impact Marathon in Nkopola, Southern Malawi in 2019. 

This one is only for those who can handle the most difficult travel and are experienced travellers. Fly to Lilongwe, drive to Blantyre, drive to Nkopola, take on an epic savannah race, then do it all back again. All whilst looking after athletes who will run a marathon over some very challenging terrain, a long way from anywhere. This is satphone country, GPS country, Land Rover country and stars from horizon to horizon country. Its a long way from home and surrounded by lions and stuff.

Interested? If you're reading this, then of course you are. And you're right to be. This one is going to be awesome, and is a real challenge for a wilderness medicine professional.

The Dates: 20th- 26th May 2019
Application Deadline - 31st December 2018

Before you head to the application at the bottom of the page, see the details below

Cost: The Malawi marathon costs £180 (which includes the unfortunate 20% VAT) for the administrative fee, and you will need to buy your flight. The Exile Medics website explains what this money pays for. Despite this, the cost of arranging your own expedition to this part of the world and you'll see that this is a good deal. 

Dates: You should aim to be in Lilongwe by 1300 (TBC) on the 20th May 2019. The event finishes on the 26th of May, and we strongly suggest that you book as late a flight as possible that day to avoid any dramas.

Food: This event usually includes food at an additional cost of about $50. Alternatively, you could all of your food for the week, including snacks and food for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Cooking facilities will be boiling water or your own camp stoves if you bring one. There will be limited opportunity to buy fuel though.

Accommodation: You will need to bring a tent in which to camp for the week. You should expect to camp for the week, regardless of the weather. Any indoor accommodation that is offered should be regarded as a bonus, not a right!

Communication: Mobile phone coverage is good in places, poor in others. We expect the event to have a satellite phone to communicate with the UK.

Flights: You will need to buy your flights to Lilongwe. Airport transfers will be included in your admin fee.

Visa: UK passport holders require a visa to visit Malawi. You need a tourist visa. Please be aware that we do not know the potential impact of Brexit on travel as yet. Please check with your local Malawian consulate prior to booking any travel that the requirements haven't changed for your particular passport.

Travel advice: See here for FCO advice on travel to Malawi

We need nurses, physiotherapists, medical students and doctors for this one. All can apply

Medical Students/ F1s ✔ Nurses ✔ Paramedics ✔ Physiotherapists ✔ Doctors ✔      Student/ F1 places: 2

Questions? Ask them here

This one is so isolated, its going to be very popular. So apply straight away.

Malawi, wilderness, medicine, racing. Lets do this thing. Apply below.

Visit the race website here




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