Mully Half Marathon gets official AK approval

Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei addresses the media at the Riadha house ...
(FILE)Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei addresses the media at the Riadha house offices in Nairobi, Kenya on January 28, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/

The national athletics governing body, Athletics Kenya (AK) has given the Mully Half Marathon a seal of approval as preparations for the inaugural race set for May 14 hit top gear.

Speaking at Mully Children Family in Yatta Centre on Wednesday, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Charles Mulli confirmed the development and termed it a big step towards the success of the event.

“AK officials were presented with the plan and did assessment of the requirements in place and gave the nod for the race. The course was measured and marked and we are guaranteed of security with the county headquarters providing motorbikes for the officers who will be escorting the athletes.

“Registration is ongoing and we are encouraged by commitment shown by athletes from our disciplined forces including Kenya Prisons, KDF among others,” Mully stated.

He also launched the ‘peace for all’ slogan that will be the official theme as they set out to sending a message of peaceful coexistence at a time when the country is approaching its General Elections.

“Here at Mully Family we represent Kenya. We have people from all tribes and backgrounds and we live as one without concentrating on where someone comes from. That has helped us achieve our purpose, and the same idea must reflect in the race.

“As people coming from every corner of the country and the elite athletes run with the stars on the rise, we will be reminding people we are one people,” Mulli underscored.

He appealed to sponsors to come on board and promote the race, which has so far attracted n American multinational beverage company Coca-Cola only.

The proceeds from the funds will go towards funding education of needy children at the Mully Family.

There will be four major categories, the 21Km, 15km, 10km and 5km. Registrations for the races are Ksh1000, Ksh500, Ksh500 and Ksh300 respectively for individual entrants.

For those entering as teams of 2-10, charges are Ksh8000 and Ksh4000 respectively. Special categories ranging from Primary Schools, physically challenged, under 18 years, above 50 years, executive and church groups will part with Ksh50 to Ksh5000.

Winners of the men and women 21Km races will pocket Ksh450,000, with a possibility of increment as announced by event organizers.

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