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KES 50 million raised in succesful Beyond Zero marathon

08 March 2015, 17:31 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Just over KES 50 million was raised in the 2015 Beyond Zero marathon in Nairobi following a huge turnout from Kenyans Sunday.

The marathon, an initiative of the Beyond Zero Foundation run by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was attended by over 15,000 Kenyans who graced the respective 10 kilometre and 21 kilometre courses in the early morning.

The First Lady, who has been undergoing rigorous training, finished the 21 km course in a time of 3:24.55, a marked improvement from last year’s time of 3:55.05.

She was joined at the finish line by president Uhuru Kenyatta to a joyous hug and raucous applause.

Of the donations, KES 17 million came from the office of Deputy President William Ruto, 25 million from the Commercial Bank of Africa CBA, 3 million from the Ministry of Health and other donations from Kenyans.

Among well known personalities who attended the marathon were Ruto and his wife Rachel, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Hassan Omar, MPs Jakoyo Midiwo and others as well as government officials Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Anne Waiguru (Devolution), James Macharia (Health), Judy Wakhungu (Environment) and Hassan Wario (Sports).

Winners of the races were also presented with cash prizes with the winners of the 21 kilometre race receiving KES 750,000 each.

Moses Kosgei won the 21 kilometre prize for men with a time of 01:01.28 and Jepkurui Georgina was the women’s prize winner with a time of 01:32.56.

The 10 km race was won by James Mwangi.

Samuel Kuria and Eunice Kuria won the wheelchair race while James Magerere and Jane Kerubo came won the tricycle race.

The Beyond Zero campaign marathon is an initiative aimed at raising 600 million shillings to equip mobile clinics in 47 counties.

So far mobile clinics have been sent out to 21 counties.

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