The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) President Paul Tergat will face former athletics pacemaker Martin Keino in the Plascon Colour Run 5km run on August 11 at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.
Tergat a former World marathon record holder and Martin the 1994 NCAA cross country and 1995 NCAA 5000-meter champion at the University of Arizona, son of double Olympic gold medalist Kipchoge Keino have confirmed their participation in the event meant for a charitable course.
The run which is targeting 5000 participants will see the top five runners being offered to select a project of their choice in the informal settlements of having 20 roofs of buildings each given a new coat of paint courtesy of the title sponsors paint makers Kansai Plascon.
The Kenya Colour Run Event Director Felix Mwaura said they are using sports to initiate the project through fundraising to raise funds to cater for needy and bright students from poor backgrounds to access education.
The participation fee is Sh1000 for adults and Sh500 for children with corporates who have a special entry package urged to get involved and promote the initiative as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.
According to the organisers, tickets are available by simply dialling *229*38# or online at www.mtickets.com
Plascon has injected Sh3 million in the Kenya Colour Run which is a creative 5km run that involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder while they sprint, jog or walk 5km route on a marked course.
The course route has five colour stations where the participants will be doused with paint and the winner will be determined by the intensity of being coloured.
The event originated from India as the “Holi Festival” and is today a global event that promotes health and wellness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Most Creative 5K Run.”
The inaugural Kenya Colour Run event was in Nairobi in June 2017 aimed at promoting peace awareness in midst of campaigns and elections ahead of the country’s general elections last August.
South Africa was the first country to host Color Run in Africa, followed by Zimbabwe in 2013.
Kenya Colour Run is under Africa Colour Run that organize events in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
The Kenya Colour Run is entirely focused on fun so there is no competitive atmosphere, no recorded times and no age restrictions, all that matters is that the participants enjoy themselves and finish covered in loads of colour.