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Its all systems go for First Lady’s run

WARM-UP-MARATHONNAIROBI, Kenya, March 5 – Over 6000 participants have registered for Sunday’s inaugural First Lady’s Half Marathon that will take place at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens, organisers confirmed on Wednesday.

Athletics Kenya (AK) vice-president in charge of administration, David Okeyo, said they have been forced to extend the entry deadline to Thursday since there are a lot of people still registering.

“We are on our final preparations where we are on top of things since all arrangements have been taken care of, the route has been marked and technical issues put in place.

“We will carry out Anti-Doping exercise on elite athletes so we are ready since everything is in place,” chairman of the organizing committee said.

“I appeal to Nairobi residents to turn up in large numbers to cheer up the athletes including the First Lady since this is an event of its own kind,” he added.

Funds collected from the race will go towards purchasing a well equipped mobile clinic in all 47 Counties and event oganiser Peter Gacheru, said they are about to hit their target.

“Sponsorship is till streaming in and we have received over Sh100m (USD 1,156,738) towards the Beyond Zero campaign and I’m so happy with the respond considering this is our first marathon.”

Nairobi Area Traffic commander, Senior Superintendent Musyoki Mutungi, assured tight security will be in place and announced the time of road closure has been changed.

“The National Police service is very much prepared for the event and we have made arrangements which are adequate to do diversions and closure accordingly.

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“We have changed the time of Sunday’s road closure from 3am till 1pm and we urge all motorists to cooperate and maintain patience because we expect congestion of vehicles and it’s very important they adhere to directions which will be given by traffic officers.”

Former world marathon record holders, Tegla Loroupe, and two-time world champion Catherine Ndereba, will run alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spouse, Margaret in the 21km that will kick-off at 7.30am.

The First Lady will use the event to prepare for April 13th London Marathon in her effort to raise awareness and Funds.

Half Marathon winners will pocket Sh200, 000 (USD 2,313.5) while 10km champion will receive Sh100, 000 (USD 1,156,738).

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