irobi, March 8: Around 20,000 athletes will on Sunday join Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for the second edition of the Half Marathon which will take place on the same day as the Intertiol Women’s Day celebrations in irobi. The marathon is aimed at raising awareness and funds to increase support for materl, newborn and child health in 47 counties in a campaign dubbed “Beyond Zero Campaign”. Through the initiative, Margaret seeks to mobilise resources for the purchase of mobile clinics to augment the existing health services and make health care accessible to underprivileged Kenyans throughout the country.
This year’s marathon has registered twice as many participants as last year’s event which saw over 10,000 entrants taking part in the iugural marathon event. Notable elite athletes such as Abel Kirui and Lor Kiplagat were among those who have confirmed participation in the marathon. Organisers said on Saturday that races were scheduled to be flagged off at 6.30 a.m. for the wheel chair and tri-cycle races categories which feature in the marathon for the first time. (IANS)