STANDARD CHARTERED MARATHON 2019
KIPPRA had the privilege to participate in this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2019 which took place on the 27th of October at the Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi. Over 18,000 participants graced this year’s event which had six race categories — 42km, 21km, 10km and 21km wheelchair race for both men and women respectively. The others were 5km Family Fun Run race and the CEOs race. KIPPRA enrolled 50 participants (24 ladies and 26 gentlemen) with, remarkably, one person competing in the full marathon(42km) and setting the official KIPPRA course record. The rest of the KIPPRA “elite athletes” took part in the shorter distances, with a majority of the them participating in the 10km and under race, with the Executive Director leading the ‘troops.’ In truth, every step of the KIPPRA participants was inspired by the great Eliud Kipchoge’s fit of sub 2hours, confirming that –“no human is limited.”
The Nairobi Marathon is an annual event held in October in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s edition had a new campaign dubbed ‘futuremakers’, a new community initiative aimed at opening opportunities for the next generation. Standard Chartered Bank seeks to help young people access jobs and economic opportunities. They are raising USD50 million by 2023 to tackle inequality and increase economic inclusion for young people.
KEREITA FOREST CHALLENGE 2019
The kereita forest challenge is an annual event organized by the East African Wildlife society (EAWS), Kijabe Environment volunteers (KENVO) and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS). The challenge is a unique get away from the humdrum routine of the city life to plunge into a fun sport in a pristine natural environment that Kereita forest offers
Individuals and corporates participate in this event as a true demonstration of their passion and dedication to the protection of the country’s forests. During the event, participants have fun while championing for this important cause which leaves them with a memorable and unique experience of the country’s main water catchment forest.
Last year’s event took place on 30th November 2019 with over 50 corporates taking part. KIPPRA participated in the event for the 2nd time by sponsoring a number of 45 participants compared to 15 participants the previous year. The team from KIPPRA included 40 members of Staff and five board members.
The challenges were tougher last year compared to the previous year with harsh weather conditions but both teams braved the weather conditions by going through all the obstacles in the forest in the spirit of team work thus appreciating the main water catchment areas within the forest. Some of the obstacles included spider web crawl, tyre spin. Dark tunnel, river crossing, skipping mud pits, wheelbarrow rave among others
Later on after the challenge, KIPPRA staff and board members engaged in a tree planting activity where they planted over 1500 trees