A memorial ward at Nyeri County Referral Hospital will be constructed in honour of the late Nyeri Governor Dr. Wahome Gakuru.
This will be after Dr Wahome Gakuru Memorial Half marathon, which will be held on Sunday, 11th November 2018.
Addressing the press, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga said the ward which will be built in honour of the former Governor will be named after him.
The late Gakuru died in November after a grisly road accident in Kabati three months after being elected as Nyeri Governor.
Kahiga said the ward will be constructed with the remaining funds that will be left after awarding the winners.
This will be the first edition of the event and its main objective is to promote cohesion and fitness through sports.
Kahiga said some of the sponsorship organizations include Kenya Commercial Bank, Cooperative Bank, National Bank, Standard Group and Sports Kenya among others.
He also appealed to other organizations to volunteer and sponsor the event saying the race will hit international standards in the coming years.
Registration of the participants is ongoing in all sub –county and ward administration offices and at the Education, Science and Technology and Sports department offices.
The CEC for Education, Science and Technology Margaret Macharia said over 2,000 athletes are expected to take part in the race.
Some of the races which will be held, include the 21 kilometers race, 10 kilometers open race, five kilometers cooperate race and two kilometers fun race, which will involve those over 35 years old.
She said the winner of the marathon race will take home Ksh 250,000, the first runners-up will pocket Ksh 100,000 while the second runners-up will be awarded Ksh 50,000 among other winners.