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February 19, 2019

Chemususu Dam Half Marathon attract over 1,500 runners

Vincent Rono (639) leads the pack during the 2017 Kericho 10KM road race /COURTESY
Vincent Rono (639) leads the pack during the 2017 Kericho 10KM road race /COURTESY
Over 1,500 athletes are expected to take part in the annual Chemususu Dam Half Marathon set for September 15.
The event will also feature the 10km, 5km and veterans’ races. Eldama Ravine MP Moses Lessonet, said the objective of the 5th Chemususu Dam Half Marathon is to raise funds for the Uzalendo School, an education centre for needy children in Baringo County.
Lessonet, who is the founder and patron of both the Eldama Ravine Education Foundation and Chemusususu Dam race, said they hope to raise at least Sh20 million.
“Uzalendo School operates under the model of  Starehe Boys and Girls centres. We educate poor children for free and the money we will raise from the marathon will benefit the needy students,” said Lessonet.
He added that the event will also be used to raise awareness about environmental conservation, considering Chemususu Dam is situated in a water catchment area.
The races will start at Eldama Ravine Town and end at Metipso Primary School, adjacent to the famous Chemususu Dam. All women’s world marathon record holder Mary Keitany and former Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai are among the elite athletes expected to grace the occasion. The winner of Chemususu Dam race will walk away with Sh250,000 prize money. Kericho’s Vincent Rono and Priscilla Kipruto from Elgeyo Marakwet won the 21km men and women’s categories last year.
The Chemususu Dam Half Marathon has attracted sponsorship from major corporate companies in Kenya such as Transnational Bank, SportPesa, Kenya Commercial Bank and Equity Bank. Others are Rift Valley Water Services Board, Communication Authority (CA), Rural Electrification Authority (REA), Kenya Rural Roads authority (KeRRA), Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), Kenya Power, Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Tourism Fund and the New KCC.
Local sponsors of the event include Skyline Sacco, Boresha Sacco and Forewo, a community-based women’s micro finance, Boresha sacco and E/Ravine hospital.
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