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Rono Philemon of Kenya displaced the defending men champion Abebe Dinkesa of Ethiopia to second in the male category of ninth Obudu Mountain Race. The race which was held on 23rd November at Obudu Mountain Resort, Nigeria was in two categories of 13 km for men and 9.64 km for women.
The Kenyan athlete clocked a time of 1 hour, 43 seconds to win the 11 kilometer race. Abebe, who won the 8th edition of the race in 2012 finished second with a time of 1 hour 57 minutes ahead of Geoffrey Kusuro of Uganda who took the third position in a time of 1 hour 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
In the women category, Yalew Genet led the Ethiopian sweep of three when she clocked a time of 58 minutes and 55 ahead of her compatriot Selam Abere who came second in 59 minutes and 46 seconds. Bertha Afera finished third to complete the women’s podium.
The maiden edition men’s race was won by Ben Dubois of Australia while Nigeria’s Danjuma Kopkuddi came second. In the female category, Anna Pitchrtova of the Czech Republic took the first position ahead Nigeria’s Laraba Joseph who came second.
Sunday Imbush, a native of Obudu town clocked a time of 20 minutes 55 seconds to win the 3 kilometre race in the junior category. He beat 10-year-old Imbush Festus from Calabar who came second while Atie Moses finished third. 10-year-old Achie Priscilla crossed the finish line in 23 minutes 17 seconds to win the girls race. Anya Carister from Calabar finished second while Akem Loveth took the third position.
The top winners took home a prize of 50,000 USD dollars, 20,000 USD for the second place winners and 9,000 USD for third place winners.Add a comment
The 8th edition of Wareng Tuskys Cross Country championships was held in Eldoret Sunday 23rd November 2013 with Berlin marathon champion Florence Kiplagat and little-known Isaac Korir winning the women and men's senior races.
The field was tough for Kiplagat as former Commonwealth Games 10,000m and Dubai Marathon Champion, Lucy Kabuu, Olympic Youth 3,000m champion, Gladys Chesir and All Africa Games 1,500m champion Irene Jelagat were also included in the race. Kiplagat and Kabuu thrilled fans as they exchanged leads in the first two laps only for Kiplagat to break away and cross the finishing line in a time of 26.34.5. Hellah Kiprop came second in 26.38.9 while Lucy Kabuu finished third in 26.47.2.
The 26-year-old Kenyan athlete who won the Great North Run early this month is sharpening for New Delhi half marathon next month. She said the strong winds were a major challenge for her.
Korir, a former Prison warder and Rothman 10km Run record holder won the senior men’s race when he finished the race in a time of 25.50.6 ahead of Cleophas Ng’etich who came second in 36.02.2. Clement Kemboi came third in 36.16.3.
the 8km junior men race was won by Franklin Nge’lel, a student at Kipsaos secondary school in Keiyo South in a time of 23:42.6 followed by Dominick Chemut (23:55.3), Peter Limo (23:57.6), Abraham Kapses (24:01.1), Kennedy Kipyego 24.02.0 and Elvis Cheboi (24.02.8) sixth in that order.
The first three positions in the junior women 6km race were taken by Linah Cheruto (20.32.9), Gloria Kite (20.43.0) and Ruth Jebet (20.52.9). Margaret Chelimo, Sharon Ngetich and Vivian Jepkemei came fourth, fifth and sixth in 21.05.4, 21.15.9 and 21.16.2 respectively.
The name of Tuskys Wareng Cross Countryis derived from the sponsor, Tuskys Supermarket, which is based in Wareng County.
Top athletes among them former world 800m champion, Janeth Jekosgei and Area MP Elisha Busienei graced the event.Add a comment
Kisumu town has been proud to be the host of World AIDS Marathon (WAM) since 2006 which is held on World AIDS Day, which is 1 December. This year’s event will be at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Stadium with an entry fee of Ksh100 for Kenyans and US$120 for foreigners. The city will have many events, free HIV testing kiosks, dinners for orphans, live music and a marathon.
American Richard Brodsky is the founder and the organizer of World AIDS Marathon. He is HIV-positive since 1997 and a brain cancer survivor since 2002. He run the 2003 New York City marathon after recovering from my brain cancer treatment when it occurred to him that people with HIV/AIDS should enjoy life regardless of their situation. Thus, the first World AIDS Marathon was born in 2004 with Mbita, Kenya, an island in Lake Victoria being the first location for the marathon. The Money raised went to a 50-bed orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.
Not until March 28, 2006 was the marathon recognized when the World HealthOrganization reportedthat Kenya was only one of two African countries which had a declining rate for new HIV cases from December 2003 – December 2005.
President Obama's Kenyan Grandmother has been involved with the World AIDS marathon since 2008 by flagging the marathon, presenting certificates or awarding the prize money.
The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation is seeking runners and sponsors for the 2013 World AIDS Marathon
The 2006 through 2012 World AIDS Marathons were held in Kisumu. Richard says that Kenyan marathon are much harder than those in America due to altitude above sea level and running close to traffic as the streets are not closed but there is nothing more exciting than running with Kenyans
The race will be in Full Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km), relay, and handicapped athletes run categories. The total prize money is $1,000 for the top finishers in the marathon because it is much more than just a marathon but changing and saving lives. There will be an afternoon of entertainment in Jomo Kenyatta Sports Stadium after the event.
People living with HIV and cancer can lead a healthy lifestyle and having access to affordable healthcare and medicine.
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