This year’s edition of the annual Ndalat Gaa Kids cross-country got a shoot in the arm when the main sponsors Safaricom donated Ksh2 million during the launch of the event on Tuesday in Nairobi.
The unique event, the only one of its kind in the country, will take place on October 10 at it’s traditional venue at Ndalat Gaa Girls High School in Mosop, Nandi County.
The Kids race also attracted subsidiary sponsors who included AMACO Insurance Company, Kenya Seed, Kass Media, Reale Hospital, Latasha Printers, Nike and Mosop Constituency Development Fund.
During the Launch at Riadha House, Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat lauded the sponsors for their continuous support saying their contribution has made the sport make big strides in the development of upcoming athletes in the country.
In addition to the Ksh2 million, the event also got a boost from AMACO, who donated Sh150,000 while Athletics Kenya Federation injected a further300,000 that will be used as prizes and other logistics for the success of the competitions.
“This event is unique in the sense that it target school kids. The objective is to allow the children to discover their talents as they compete among themselves,” Kiplagat, the Patron of the race, told the sponsors.
The annual kids’ showbiz will have more than 10 race categories with IAAF Kids Exhibition kick-starting the day-long competitions.
The exhibition, which will start at 9.00 am, will be followed by 500metres for kids aged below 7 years. Those above 7 and below 12 will do 2 kilometres (for both boys and girls) and those below 15 will cover 4kilometres.
“We shall also be having special categories for secondary schools. Boys and Girls in high schools will run 6 and 8 kilometres respectively. This will strictly be for schools and will be run in teams,” said Abraham Mutai, the Central Rift Athletics Kenya Branch Chairman.
Apart from the kids and students, the race will also have Elitecategory where senior women will compete in 6kilometres and senior menwill battle it out in 10kilometres.
The Ndalat Gaa Kids cross-country will also pave way for the start of the cross-country programe that will be reflected later in Athletics Calendar.
The President was flagged off by Federation’s Chief Executive Officer Isaac Mwangi, Central Rift Athletics Kenya boss Abraham Mutai, Nandi County Sports Secretary Patrick and Kennedy Tanui, the Branch Secretary during the function.
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