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  • Joseph I Kinyua, MBS, HSC

Message from Mt. Kenya Run Chairman

Updated: Feb 3, 2022

The Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships held in Meru on Saturday, February 22, 2020,

was a resounding success.

The brain-child of the Meru County Governor, His Excellency Kiraitu Murungi, and the Meru Sports Council, the event received well-focused direction from the County Government of Meru, Athletics Kenya, Meru County Investment and Development Corporation (MCIDC) whose Board Chairperson, Felicity N. Biriri, served as my Co-Chair, Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL) and the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee received invaluable reinforcement from the Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Lewa Conservancy and many other key players.

Financial support in such a programme is critical. It’s gratifying, therefore, that several institutions and individuals came in handy in this regard. They are all well captured elsewhere in this publication. Therefore, let it suffice to extend sincere gratitude to them.

Technical support that generates accuracy of operations is another prerequisite for such a championship. This was readily available under the consistent leadership of Peter Angwenyi, the National Mountain Running Programme Chairman, Douglas Wakiihuri, the event.

Technical Chairman, the Local Organising Committee Chairman Frederick Rimbere and the venue host, Dr John Mwangi. Joseph Ngure and Frank Murithi who trained the technical officials also deserve special mention.

The overall participation of over 5,000 persons was remarkable. The presence of elite athletes was modest but appreciable, given that this event was the first of its kind in Kenya. This component will grow in future, taking into account the attractiveness of the prizes, and the promptness with which they were released.

We are thankful to the Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for playing their part effectively to ensure that the prize winners

were deserving, and that no prohibited substances were consumed in the process.

Going forward, we’re busy planning for yet another impressive championship. Despite the

ravaging challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are confident

that we shall overcome and host the second edition in the near future.

Admittedly, the inaugural championship had a few organisational and technical bottlenecks, but, thankfully, critical lessons were learnt.

These bottlenecks/pitfalls are actively being addressed with a view to rolling out the second edition as seamlessly as possible.

Thank you all for your support!

Joseph I. Kinyua, MBS, HSC

Mt Kenya Run Chairman

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