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GEARING UP FOR 2020 FLHM

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta flags off 100-men run at Karura forest

The men only run, under the tagline ‘I will Run For Her’, is a precursor for this year's Beyond Zero Half Marathon slated for Sunday, March 8th.

In Summary

•The event was held to coincide with the Valentine's Day and the men were running to show solidarity and harness their engagement around issues of maternal and child health

•Unlike in the past editions of the marathon, participants will this year pick an intervention area they support within the broad maternal and child healthcare.

Firts Lady Margaret Kenyatta holds her hands aloft as she crosses the finish line after a run at the Karura Forest that was held on Friday morning in preparation for the 2020 Beyond zero Half Marathon.
Firts Lady Margaret Kenyatta holds her hands aloft as she crosses the finish line after a run at the Karura Forest that was held on Friday morning in preparation for the 2020 Beyond zero Half Marathon.
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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today set the ball rolling for this year’s Beyond Zero Half Marathon by flagging off a 100-men run at Karura Forest. 

The men only run, under the tagline ‘I will Run For Her’, is a precursor for this year's Beyond Zero Half Marathon slated for Sunday, March 8th. 

The event was held to coincide with the Valentine's Day and the men were running to show solidarity and harness their engagement around issues of maternal and child health issues that affect their mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and the girl-child in general.

These include the repair and reintegration of women living with obstetric fistula, championing the country's validation for the pre-elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2021, promotion of good nutrition for all children and advocating for social inclusion of children living with disabilities for equal access to health and education services among others. 

Unlike in the past editions of the marathon, participants will this year pick an intervention area they support within the broad maternal and child healthcare. 

The intervention areas include zero maternal deaths, zero child death, a healthy lifestyle for the elderly, zero new HIV infections and zero child marriages.

Others are zero Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early screening for cancer, the inclusion of persons with disability and better nutrition for all children.

The First Lady, accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed, Sicily Kariuki and Margaret Kobia as well as her Chief of Staff Ms Constance Gakonyo, National Aids Control Council CEO Dr Nduku Kilonzo and members of the Beyond Zero Secretariat, joined the men in a warm-up exercise before the kick-off of the ‘men only’ run.

Among those who took part in today’s run held at  Karura Forest were Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki.

Also in the group of 100 men who participated in the morning run were Jubilee Insurance CEO Dr Julius Kipng’etich, Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei among others.

The First Lady, who received the participants at the end of the run, later planted a tree at Karura Forest to signify the importance of the event and her commitment towards environmental conservation. 

Proceeds from this year’s Beyond Zero Half Marathon will be used to host Medical Safaris, a large-scale outreach program conducted collaboratively with the County governments and over 15 medical service providers.  

The Beyond Zero initiative provides free healthcare services during the Safaris. So far, Beyond Zero has held five such events in Nairobi, Nyandarua, West Pokot, Kisumu and Narok counties.