ATHLETICS

Baringo Half Marathon: Lotto Foundation cheques in Kshs 5m

Organizers of the 15th edition of the Baringo Half Marathon have today received an enhanced sponsorship of KES 5 million from Lotto Foundation, up from 4M last year.

Lotto Foundation, have come in as
title sponsors to the event for the second year running.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s event, Mr. Barnaba Kitilit, Chairman,
Baringo Athletics Kenya, emphasized the importance of supporting initiatives
such as the Baringo Half Marathon that help utilize sports for development.
“There is a growing need to tap and nurture budding talent so as to ensure
Kenya remains relevant in the sporting field both locally and internationally in
the coming years,” he added on to say.
On his part, Lt. General (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, reiterated on the need to mentor
and grow the upcoming athletes so that they are not lured into vices such as
age cheating and doping.
“Our sportsmen and women have over the years shown us what it means to
work hard, by playing and winning clean. We need to jealously guard these
virtues to remain credible and relevant in our various sporting disciplines,”
noted Lt. General Tuwei.
Patron of the Baringo Half Marathon, Major Paul Tergat, who is also the NOCK
President, thanked Lotto Foundation for the partnership through sponsorship
that will see revival of the exchange program between Kenyan and Ethiopian
athletes.
“We are looking to enhance our experience in athletics by exposing our
upcoming athletes to the world of competition with our rivals in road and track
races through this program. This year, we will be having 2 Ethiopians
participate in the Baringo Half Marathon slated for 4th November, 2017 and 2
Kenyans participate in the Ethiopian Great Run slated for Sunday 26th
November, 2017,” said Major Tergat.

Baringo County Deputy Governor, Mr. Jacob Chepkwony added on to say that
this event helps in entrenching cohesion among communities within and
beyond the county.
“Community relations continue to show marked improvement thanks to
initiatives such as the Lotto Foundation Baringo Half Marathon that brings
together people from all walks of life in an activity that promotes peace, unity
and nationalism,” he said.
Lotto Foundation Chairman, Mr. Brian Waluchio, commended the organizers of
this event for initiating an event that not only seeks to grow and nurture talent
from Baringo and its neighboring counties, but also support good causes and
promote sports tourism.
“As the title sponsors Lotto Foundation take’s the renewal of this partnership
with great pride for it gives us the assurance for continuity and it aligns with
our long term plans to continue contributing positively to the world of sports
and community development in the country,” noted an elated Brian.
“In the same breath, I will also urge you to focus on the virtues that athletics
has brought to this country; those of uniting, inspiring and motivating us as
Kenyans to greater heights,” he added on to say.
Once again this year, there will be the 21km race; the 6km cross country junior
race and the 10km race open to individuals and corporates. The course to be
followed has slightly changed with the flag off taking place around Timboiywo
and the finishing line being Kabarnet.
Top winners of the half marathon (men and women) will take home KES
200,000 while the winner of the 10km take home KES 50,000. The top winner
of the 6km race will bag KES 10,000.

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