Athletics Kenya Mountain Running Committee has revealed that plans are at an advanced stage for the second edition of the Mt. Kenya Mountain Run, Meru on February 26, at the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership.
The event, dubbed ‘Challenging the heights,’ will be the second of the season after Nandi County hosted the first early this month.
During the launch at a Nairobi hotel on Monday, the organisers said the event aims at opening the Mt Kenya region to sports tourism and create awareness on cancer.
They also hope to encourage the youth from the region to take up sports after dwindling fortunes in the recent past.
“We have been encouraging the youths in the region to embrace running and so far, we have a group of 15 runners. With the help of the Meru County government, we hope to build high training centres, and soon you will see Meru as a destination of sporting activities,” said inaugural event winner Purity Gitonga from Run2gether Athletics Camp in Naivasha.
Meru County Governor Kiraitu Murungi, added: “Meru County is endowed with beautiful natural resources, including Mt. Kenya, which is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second in Africa, making the event a great destination for sports. The last edition attracted nine European ambassadors and this year we hope to attract more foreign participants and from Kenyan as well.”
The organisers also revealed that Sh26 million was raised during the previous event and they are hoping for an improved bounty this time round.
The event returns after a no-show last year due to the restrictions occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. AK Mountain Running coordinator Peter Angwenyi prevailed upon Kenyans to register for the adventure especially after the registration fee was halved to Sh1000 for the senior runners while juniors will part with Sh500.
The event will have 12km and 8km for senior and junior categories respectively.
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