Running a marathon is a pretty difficult thing, and completing one is a great accomplishment. In its essence it’s a pretty simple sport. You run, run, and run some more. But if you’re a Maasai warrior from Tanzania heading to the UK for the London marathon, it’s a little bit different. And thus the “Visiting England: A Cultural Briefing For The Warriors” was born.
Some of the tips: always wear pants in public. And don’t spit either. And they must also leave the cows alone.
If they spot cows or sheep in a field during their visit, the warriors are also asked to ignore an instinct to start herding them. “You may see these animals in a field, seemingly left alone. It is important to remember that these animals are owned by someone and are being looked after,” says the guide.The warriors must also beware of the English people. They might used to the dangerous elements of Tanzania, but they’re also warned of the “stressed English office worker” who trudges around London.
“Even though some may look like they have a frown on their face, they are very friendly people. Many of them just work in offices – jobs they don’t enjoy – and so they do not smile as much as they should.”That sounds more like a warning not to move to London more than anything, doesn’t it?
The focus of the Maasai's trip is to run the marathon, but they’re also hoping to raise money towards water supplies for their native land. Everyone deserves clean water, right? So run on, Maasai, run on!