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KIPPRA staff members were among thousands of Kenyans who participated in the third edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon, which took place on March 6, 2016 at the Nyayo National Stadium. The marathon was in support of the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero campaign aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality in Kenya.
The race consisted of four categories: 21km (half marathon), 10Km, 5km and wheelchair races. KIPPRA staff participated in the 10km race. Unlike the two previous races where the First Lady ran the entire 21km, this year she opted for the 10km race, saying she did not feel adequately prepared to take the half marathon.
Just like in the previous races, enthusiastic participants started streaming into the stadium by 6am. Security was beefed up with officers standing guard at all the entrances and thoroughly checking everyone who got into the stadium. A police helicopter also hovered closely over the stadium skies.
The wheelchair category was the first to kick off at a quarter to 7 am, followed by the 21km race a few minutes later. The 10km race attracted the biggest crowd, which had to wait about five minutes for the first lady and her entourage to lead before joining in. Apart from various government officials and leaders, the First Lady was also accompanied by Rwanda’s First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame and the Deputy President’s wife Mrs Rachel Ruto.
From the few trained athletes who competed for the ultimate prize to children, expectant women and mothers pushing their babies in prams, the track teamed with enthusiastic Kenyans and foreigners sacrificing for a worthy course.