Akhwari competed for many years before and after the 1968 Olympics. He finished first in the African Marathon Championships before the Olympics. He finished fifth in the marathon at the 1970 Commonwealth Games where he ran a 2:15:05 time. The winner had run 2:09:28. In those same Games he ran a 28:44 in the 10,000-meter race and was only about 30 seconds behind the leaders. He ran marathons in the 2:20 range on a regular basis both before and after the 1968 Olympics. He was a world class runner for most of the 1960s and 1970s.
Congratulations on a very successful John Stephen Akhwari International Marathon. What a lot of work! Our group really appreciated Wild Frontiers’ organization, right from the airport pickup through the hotel arrangements, the briefing, the dinner, and the event itself, we added a trip to Arusha park and it was great as well!