Inaugural 10km Kapsowar Charity and Conservation road race ambassador Peres Jepchirchir has urged Kenyans to embrace the spirit of tree planting to co conserve the environment.
The Olympic Games marathon champion said that for athletes to train well and prodce best results, they need to train in good environment.
Speaking today during the tree planting exercise at the Kapsowar School ahead of tomorrow’s race in Kapsowar in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the two time world half marathon said apart from planting trees, people shpuld be ready to support others.
She said, the area has been affected by landslide because of lack to trees and planting trees, will not just control the soil erosion but improve the weather condition for athletes to train well for bigger races.
“I chose to be the ambassador for this race because as an athlete I know the importance of trees for good weather. We can train well in such environment and secure good positions,” said Jepchirchir.
She added that the race, also being charitable, she has learnt the history of the school, which was set-up to rescue girls and that support was too important.
“According to the history of the school, it used to rescue girls and bring them for education and this is a noble course because many girls will be in school throughout,” she added.
Race director Boniface Tiren said that the race, which is a school based, the students settled on Jepchirchir who can motivate them in both education and running career.
“Jpechirchir has been doing well in her career as a woman and students chose her to be the race patron due to her resilience as a woman in developing the sport. As organizers and the race being part of the school, we had to abide by the students,” said Tiren.
The 10km main and elite race will start at the Cheptongei and will be ending at the Moi Girls Kapsowar ground.
The winner will pocket kshs 80,000, second finisher earning kshs 50,000, third finisher walk home with kshs 30,000 and the cash will trickle down to the 20th finisher.
The second event is the 5km race meant for school going students for both boys and girls. This will attract a registration fee of kshs 100. The winner will walk home with kshs 20,000, second finisher kshs 15,000, third to earn kshs 10,000, 4th winner 8,000, and 5th winner 5,000 where top 20 finishers will earn shopping vouchers.