In Summary
  • Murungi said that they intend to attract some 5,000 participants who will battle it out in five categories
  • Proceeds from the races will be used to fund the establishment of the Meru Cancer Centre at Meru Level Five Hospital
  • The elite winners of the 12km races will take home Sh500,000 each while runners-up will pocket Sh250,000 each

The organisers of inaugural Mount Kenya Mountain Running Championships due February 22 next year hope to raise over Sh50 million to help fight cancer besides boosting environmental conservation and tourism in Meru County.

Speaking on Monday in Nairobi, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi disclosed that the funds will be raised through sponsorship from the corporates and registration fee of Sh2,000 per participant.

Murungi said that they intend to attract some 5,000 participants who will battle it out in five categories; men and women’s 12km races, junior men’s 8km race, junior women’s 6km and 2km family fun races.

Proceeds from the races will be used to fund the establishment of the Meru Cancer Centre at Meru Level Five Hospital and a sanctuary for the endangered mountain bongo and rhinos.

STARTING POINT

The races will start at Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership that is at an altitude of 2,800 metres before athletes snake through Mount Kenya Forest tracks. The 12km races will hit an altitude of 3,130m before ending at the same venue.

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