Chemususu Half Marathon goes down in Eldama Ravine

By Our Reporter
Chemususu Half Marathon champion Visiline Jepkesho is expected to
defend her title as she leads over 1000 runners to the fourth edition
of the annual race in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County,
tomorrow(Saturday).Jepkesho returns to the picturesque terrains of the Rift Valley as she
targets for the bounty on offer and as well help raise funds to
support needy, bright children from the locality.The event will feature five categories including 21km, 10km, 7km
(students), 5km (14 years and under) and a veteran’s race.

Just like last year, the winners in both the men and women’s 21km race
will pocket a cash prize of Sh150,000, second-placed finishers will
take home Sh60,000 with the last of the podium positions netting
Sh35,000. The kitty will trickle down until the 10th finishers, who
will take home Sh4, 000 each.

The 10Km race has a top prize of Sh50, 000 for both the men and
women’s categories and which will also trickle down to the 10th
finisher, bagging Sh3,000.

The half marathon starts at Maji Mazuri while the 10km race will be
flagged off at Morkwo with both finishing at the Metipso Primary
School.

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Hon.Phyllis Kandie will grace the event
alongside Baringo County Stanley Kiptis and race founder Hon. Moses
Lesonet.

“The Chemususu half Marathon has continued to grow in leaps and bound
and we are optimistic that this year will be even bigger,” said
Kandie.

“My request is that we move such initiatives forward because they
give needy children hope for the future.”

She also encouraged leaders from Baringo to egg on investors to come
and build a camp where Kenya Forestry Service has set aside a chank of
land in Lembus Forest.

Race founder observed that they have continued to realise their
short-term dreams and it is only a matter of time before they become
on of the most races in the AK calendar.

“Putting smiles on the face of needy children has been our greatest
achievement over the last three years. This has only spurred us to do
more and with the help of our sponsors, we are certain we will get
there in the near future,” said Lesonet.

So far, proceed from the race has helped in clearing school fees for
20 children from within the local community and as well as contribute
to scholarships for over 130 beneficiaries at the Uzalendo School.

In addition, an administration block and staff quarters have been
built at Uzalendo School while Poror Mote Football Club has benefited
with a bus, easing their travels during training and matchdays.

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