Sports / Updates
Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 17:55 EAT
IAAF World Cross Country champion Geoffrey Kamworor is among the top-notch athletes expected to feature in next month's inaugural Mully Half Marathon in Yatta, Machakos County. Organizers of the event set for May 14, 2017 have told the press that Kamworor, winner of last month's World Cross Country Championship senior men's 42km race in Kampala, is interested in the event.
Other big names set to grace the occasion are Patrick Makau and Tegla Lorupe - both former long distance runners. 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.
The event's technical director who is a former national athletics coach Joshua Kiragu, said a number of elite athletes will use the event to gear up for global championships later in the year. The event has already been sanctioned by Athletics Kenya and the police have assured the organizers on security and traffic control.
Apart from shaping up for events such as the IAAF World Championships in London in August, the presence of the big names will also be an inspiration and motivator for young and upcoming runners. The event, a road race, is the brainchild of renowned Kenyan philanthropist Dr Charles Muli, who founded the Mully Children's Familly (MCF) with his wife Esther.
The organizers have told the press that they expected about 5000 entries in the event which will see the winners (man and women) of the 21km seniors race take home Sh 450,000. Also at stake will be prizes for winners of the other categories
Set for the Yatta area, on the Thika-Garissa Highway, it will feature four categories- 21km, 15km, 10km and 5km races. It will start at Sofia and end at MCF Mully College, Yatta Campus. Runners will pay Sh1000 participation fee for the 21 km half marathon Sh 500 for 15km and 10km and Sh300 for the 5km run. Children in primary school and the physically challenged pay Sh50 while the rest will pay Sh100.
Among the key objectives of the race is to raise awareness on the plight child mothers, street children, sexually abused girls,orphans and other categories of vulnerable children in Kenya-both boys and girls. Funds raised by the race, Dr Muli, a sports lover, will go towards the education of the youngsters benefiting from the MCF programme, some pursuing university education. The MCF centres, offering primary, second education and vocational training are located in Kitale, Ndalani (Yatta), Vipingo (Kilifi), Turkana and Tanzania