Fast-pacing Tom Juma and Enith Kisiero are the winner of the inaugural Mt Elgon Half-Marathon.
The 19 year old Juna crossed the finish line with a personal record of 1:01:19 in a hotly contested race that saw Kennedy Kimengw’a come second on 1: 03:04 ahead of Walter Koriria who clocked 1.03:57.
In the women’s category, a 19 year old Enith Kisiero emerged the winner with 1:10:04 ahead of Veronica Jepkosgei (1:11:32) and Caroline Chesir on 1:14:07.
Speaking after the race aimed at fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions, Juma, fresh from completing his K.C.S.E at Kaptama Secondary School, expressed his satisfaction for his first competitive race.
“I thank everyone who made this possible. It was not an easy race but with more experience and hard work, I shall go far,” Juma said at the Chemoge high Altitude Training Centre.
The half-marathon, dubbed #Run4theGirlChild was organised by Adventure Youth Group, a local advocacy group that leads the campaign against FGM, teenage pregnancies and early marriage.
The winner of the race won whooping Ksh30,000 sponsored by the County Government of Bungoma as confirmed by the County Director in the department of Youths and Gender, Mr Moses Chebonyo.
The marathon, which attracted close to two thousand participants, was sponsored by the Anti-FGM Board, Action Against Hunger, Global Media Campaign (GMC), National Government Affirmative Action Fund, Mukwano Radio, BK radio and Miss Tourism Kenya People’s Choice and reigning Miss Tourism Bungoma Ms Joyce Nasambu who donated gift hampers to the winners.
The chief guest of the event was Mr Soet Sichei, the new Chief Officer in the Ministry of Tourism and Environment.