NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – The 2015 edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon has so far received a sponsorship boost of over Sh160 million that will go towards the Beyond Zero Campaign, event organizers have revealed.
On Thursday, various organisations and entities presented their cheques to the First Lady’s Office at State House with Bank of Africa presenting a cheque of Sh12 million that has gone towards buying a fully-kitted mobile clinic.
Others who presented cheques include Roy Kiruri, a 16 year-old Kenya Swimmer based in South Africa who collected Sh500,000 through an individual initiative that saw him fundraise for every kilometre he swam at the recently concluded 1600 metre Midmar Mile open-water event in South Africa.
The marathon, which is in its second year and scheduled for March 8 at the Nyayo Stadium, aims at collecting Sh600 million which will go towards buying 27 fully-kitted mobile clinics to be distributed to the 27 counties that are yet to benefit from the proceeds of the first marathon.
This year’s marathon targets to bring together over 40,000 participants and will feature a wheelchair race for the physically disabled as a new component of the marathon.
So far, over 3,000 individual participants have already registered for the various races with over 100 corporate teams being key components of the registrations.
The winner of the 21 km race for both men and women will take home Sh750,000 as prize money, with the runners up taking home Sh500,000 and third-placed athlete taking home Sh250,000.
The winner of the 10km race for both men and women will take home Sh250,000 as prize money, with the runners up taking home Sh100,000 and third-placed athlete taking home Sh50,000.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her training team were Thursday joined by female media personalities for a morning training session at State House before proceeding for high-altitude training in Iten next week.
Preparations for the Marathon are in earnest with registration ongoing at Nakumatt, Uchumi, Nairobi Sports House and Equity Bank Branches country wide at Sh1,500 for individual participants and Sh100,000 for corporate participants of between five and ten individuals.
Statistics indicate that 108,000 children die in Kenya every year before their fifth birthday, with 65 per cent of them dying before their first birthday.
It’s also estimated that there are 72,000 infant deaths in Kenya annually, while 48,000 deaths occur during the first 28 days of life annually.