Meru County hosted the first-ever historic athletic event and Emanuel Bor from Nandi County emerged the winner in the 12km elite men’s race.
Purity Gitonga who hails from Kibirichia in Meru won the women’s 12km elite race and walked away with Sh 500, 000. The inaugural Mt Kenya Running Championship took place at the School of Adventure and Leadership (KeSAL).
The aim of the Championship was to raise funds to address the cancer menace in Meru County by establishing a Cancer Institute. Meru County Governor Kiraitu Murungi has termed the event as a success. He revealed that Athletics Kenya Chairman, Rt. Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei who was part of the race promised to have the event included in their annual calendar of Athletic events.
“I am happy to note that this inaugural Mt Kenya Run has been extremely successful, so much that the Athletics Kenya (AK) Chairman, Rt. Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei has declared AK will officially make it an annual event in the national athletics calendar,” he stated.
“Funds raised will facilitate the complete process of dealing with the disease by identifying the causes through research, increasing creation of awareness, promoting screening and even treatment to completely eliminate cancer from our County,” he added.
The Governor also hopes that the event will go along way in promoting mountain tourism in Mt. Kenya as well as encourage the locals to take care of the environment.
“We also seek to open up and promote mountain tourism in Mt. Kenya, where Meru commands 40% of the mountain and also promote conservation of our environment, he concluded.
Murungi competed in the 2 km family fun category dubbed ‘Keep the Doctor Away’ race. He was joined by Kisumu Governor H.E. Prof Anyang Nyong’o, Kisumu First Lady Dorothy Nyong’o, Makueni First Lady Nazi Kivutha, Meru First Lady Priscilla Murungi and Nyandarua First Lady Ann Kimemia,
The delegation of ambassadors of the EU member states to Kenya, members of Kenya and UK armies and a team from the United Nations also took part.