Runners drawn from the Rio Olympics Refugee Olympic Team will battle in the inaugural Mully’s Children’s Family (MCF) half marathon scheduled for Sunday (14) in Yatta,Machakos County.
Chef de Mission of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio, former marathon world record-holder IAAF Ambassador and Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe confirmed that some of the athletes that took part in Rio Olympics in Brazil from South Sudan Marathoner Yonas Kinde from Ethiopia together metric mile runners Anjelina Nada Lohalith and Paulo Amotun Lokoro both from South Sudan.
The middle-distance runners who have faced challenges of war in their respective countries to end up in Kenya as refugees, until recently living in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp will compete to horne their talents and support the charity course associated with race’s objective of raising funds for the destitute.
The athletes backed by the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IOC, were in a team created to bring global attention to the magnitude of the global refugee crisis and act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide.
Mully’s Children’s Family (MCF) Board of Trustees Secretary Grace Mulli said the reigning World Cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and the Gold Coast Marathon (Australia) course record holder Nicholas Kamakya are among the elite athletes who have expressed their interests in competing in the race
The Africa women’s 3000m steeplechase record holder and Athletics Kenya (AK) athlete’s representative Milcah Chemos said she was mobilizing runners from the North Rift region to participate in the event.
Grace said the registration was still open and urged more runners to register.
The registration is being done through Mpesa till number 2425534, Kenya Commercial Bank, Matuu Branch account number 1180810643 or Equity Bank, Matuu branch account number 0390191669868 with account name being Mully Children’s Family
The race which has been sanctioned by Athletics Kenya (AK) will start in Sofia and end at Mully Children’s Family – (Mully College) Yatta Campus.
The organizers have set aside Sh450,000 each in prize money for the winners in both the men;s and women’s 21km races where the second place runner will earn Sh190,000 while the third athlete will pocket Sh100, 000.
The winner in the 10km race will be awarded Sh50,000.
To participate an athlete will need to pay Ksh 1000 for the half marathon. Ksh 500 for 15 KM and 10 KM and Ksh 300 for 5KM road race.
The Mully Half Marathon is an event organised by Mully Children’s Family (MCF) and sponsored by philanthropist Dr Charles Mulli
The race aims to raise awareness and raise funds that will go towards the support of child mothers, street children, sexually abused girls, orphans and other categories of vulnerable children in Kenya