The Meru County Government has launched its inaugural Mt. Kenya Mountain Running to help raise funds to fight cancer, boost environmental conservation and promote the region as a tourist and investment hub.
Speaking during the event, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi said the event will offer participants a unique sporting opportunity to challenge the heights of Mt. Kenya and in the process raise funds to address the cancer raise in the county, foster environmental conservation issues affecting residents of the county.
“The Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships is a great way for participants to combine passion for sport, test boundaries, and have fun,” said the Governor as he appealed for corporate sponsorships.
“To attract and promote growth-oriented investments that are innovative and sustainable we established the Meru County Development Corporation to spearhead various initiatives. Through the championships, we are convinced that participants will be able to sample out numerous investment opportunities available,” said Kiraitu.
The Championship, set for 22nd of February next year, targets to attract 5,000 participants and spectators; and will feature four races; 2km family fun run, 6km and 8km junior run and a 12km elites’ race through the challenging Mount Kenya forest tracks.
Proceeds from the Championships will be used to fund the establishment of the Meru Cancer Centre at the local Level 5 Hospital and a sanctuary for the mountain bongo and rhinos.
The elite winner of the 12KM race category will take home 500,000 shillings while runner-up will take home 250,000 shillings while the second runner-up will take home 100,000 shillings.