How Impact Marathons change the world...

Our Story

The Impact Marathon Series was born from a dream that we could use the simple power of running to uplift communities, and empower runners all over the world. 

Over the last five years, we have created 13 entirely unique events, which have taken us deep into the culture of some incredible countries. Runners have united over a shared passion to explore new trails and a hunger to make a difference to the lives of others.

In 2015, we turned our dream into a reality, taking Impact Marathon to Nepal. Living in a Nepali village, we undertook the challenge of building a 5km water pipeline to the community, before lacing up our shoes and running our own race - it was then we realised we have the power to change people’s lives forever. 

Since then, our races have raised $1.2m for grassroots organisations, tackling The Global Goals in their community. 

In just five years, Impact Marathon has grown considerably, with races in five different countries (and more in the pipeline) and a community of over 400 runners, many of whom are already on their 2nd & 3rd races with us. 

When a group of positive, energised people come together with a common purpose, not only do we achieve great things but we make great friends. We arrive as individuals, and we finish the week as one tight community.

- Nick Kershaw, Founder & CEO, Impact Marathon Series

So, what makes an Impact Marathon so special?

It’s that combination of travelling to an extraordinary location, engaging in community projects that are led by the community and set to catalyse huge change whilst also knowing that you are going to be running a race that will challenge you to dig deeper than you have ever dug. 

But the glue that brings all this together is the incredible groups of Impact Runners that we have the privilege to host. When a group of positive, energised humans come together with a common purpose, not only do we achieve great things but we make great friends. We arrive as a whole load of individuals, and we finish the week as one tight communtiy who have gone on a powerful journey together. 

You come for the running, you return for the people.

Running together. With others, for others

Upcoming experiences

Explore All Races

March 1 - 7 2022


FROM $990.38/pp

DEPOSIT $99.04

Run the Live Volcano

Sculpt the young leaders of a nation and run our most iconic course

October 11 - 17 2021

FROM $990.38/pp

DEPOSIT $99.04

Run the Ancient Desert

Join us on the sandy dunes of Jordan for our first ever (desert) race.

November 15 - 21 2021


NOW $919.13

WAS $990.38/pp

Run the Himalayas

The original Impact Marathon race - there’s a reason why this race keeps returning year after year.

May 1 - 7 2023



Run the Lake of Stars

The most rural running experience anywhere in Africa

May 16 - 22 2022


NOW $1,417.88

WAS $1,560.38/pp

Run with the Legends

The most powerful way to experience Kenya: an immersive week spent supporting women's empowerment and learning from the elite runners.