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Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 18:09 EAT
Organizers of the inaugural Mully Half Marathon are intensifying efforts to stage a successful event in Yatta, Machakos County, on May 14. The race is the brainchild of renowned philanthropist and a founder of the Mully Children's Family (MCF), Dr Charles Mutua Muli. The MCF caters for destitutes, orphans and children from highly disadvantaged backgrounds from different parts of the country.
Proceeds from the run which will see the runners cover various distances along the Thika-Garissa Highway will be used to pay school fees for beneficiaries of MCF who are pursuing higher education at different universities and colleges. "We have 138 students in universities and colleges and 200 who are joining university this year," Dr Muli said.
Basically a half marathon, it will see the runners cover 21km, the main event. Runners in other categories will cover 15km, 10km and 5km respectively. The winners of the 21km half marathon will each (man and woman) take home Sh450,000, the organizers said while updating the press on the latest development at the MCF headquarters in Yatta on Wedensday.
Dr Muli wants to harness the great power of sports to sensitize Kenyans and others on the need for supporting the less fortunate members of society. Entries are expected from elite runners and other long distance runners who use events such the Muli Half marathon to gear up for bigger races later in the year. Among the big names who will grace the occasion are Patrick Makau and Tegla Lorupe. Makau is a Rotterdam and Berlin Marathon champion and former marathon world record holder (2:03:38).
Lorupe is a five-time World Half Marathon Champion, two-time New York City Marathon champion and Tegla Lorupe Peace Foundation founder. Ahead of the General Elections on August 8, Dr Muli also wants to use the event to foster peace and unity among Kenyans.
''We have marked the route,got the race permit from Athletics Kenya, while the the police have assured us on security, he said. About 13,000 kenyans have gone through the MCF with the beneficiaries working in various spheres of life in the country and abroad. Among the beneficiaries are policemen, soldiers,engineers, accountants and many others professionals,'' he said.
The MCF has centres in Kitale, Yatta, Ndalani Vipingo in Kilifi, Lodwar and Tanzania. The Christian-based charitable organization rescues and rehabilitates needy children, provides education, medicare, develops talent, contributes to protection of children. It also influences proactive response to gender-based violence. A lover of sports, Dr Muli says the construction of a multi-purpose gym at the Ndalani centre is almost complete.