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MICATO "ELITE RUNNING SAFARI" IN KENYA DESIGNED FOR MARATHON FANS OF ALL STRIPES

~Safari Inspired By 2011 NYC Marathon Winner Geoffrey Mutai~

New York, NY – November 7, 2011– In this year's New York City Marathon, Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai finished first, so it's only fitting that Micato Safaris -- the #1 “World’s Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter” as voted by the  readers of Travel + Leisure magazine -- design a luxury safari for marathon fans of all stripes.

Micato's "Elite Running Safari" not only introduces you to the finest runners in the world (including Paul Tergat, world record holder for the New York Marathon 2003-2007), but gives you the opportunity to train with them amidst the spectacular scenery and wildlife that can only be found in Kenya.  Experience how Kenya’s elite runners live, learn their training tips, and see if a little Olympic gold or marathoner moxie might rub off on you, too.

The 8-day journey includes:

Day 1. Nairobi, Norfolk Hotel.

Day 2. Afternoon in Eldoret, Great Rift Valley. Dinner hosted by 2-time Olympic Champion Kipchoge Keino.

Day 3. Run with local Olympians Patrick Sang, 3-time Olympic World-champion silver medalist, Steeplechase. Visit Kipchoge Keino’s International Olympic Committee Training Camp. Drive to Kaptagat, site of Nike, Fila, and Adidas-sponsored training camps.  Join camp athletes for 7-mile run to picturesque Kaptarakwa.

Day 4. Drive to Iten. Visit Iten High Altitude Training Centre, developed by New York City Marathon winner Lornah Kiplagat to train female runners. Afternoon run with athletes from St. Patrick’s High School, alma mater of more world-class runners than any educational institution in the world. Dinner with elite runners at Kerio view, a private lodge built by a Belgian industrialist and running enthusiast.

Day 5. Drive to Kapsait. Visit Fila’s newly-built marathon training camp.  Join athletes for mid-morning run, then lunch. Visit childhood home of Tegla Loroupe, first African woman to win the New York City Marathon.

Day 6. Travel to Kapsabet. Visit childhood homes of Kipchoge Keino and other record-breaking runners. 

Day 7. Kapsabet. Morning run through tea fields. Depart for Nairobi.

Day 8. Nairobi, Norfolk Hotel.

Micato Safaris' Elite Running Safari is priced from $10,255 per person, based on double occupancy. Rate excludes international airfare. Itinerary only operable as shown pending availability of athletes featured. For more information, visit www.micato.com or call 1-800-MICATO-1.

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About Micato Safaris

Micato Safaris is a luxury safari operator—offering adventures in East Africa, Southern Africa and India—that’s been setting the industry standard for luxury and service for more than three decades. Travellers have recognized Micato’s unsurpassed service by naming the company the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” a record eight times in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual survey. Micato’s accolades from industry peers include the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award. For nearly a quarter century, Micato’s nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, has been supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and adults affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Micato furthered its philanthropic outreach in 2010 when the company introduced its revolutionary One for One Commitment, which places one impoverished child in school for every safari sold.