Meru county successfully held the first ever historic mountain run

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Meru County residents today witnessed a successful historic athletic event, the inaugural Mt. Kenya Running Championship which was held in Mt. Kenya, at the School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL).

The run which was attended by the delegation of ambassadors of the EU member states to Kenya, members of Kenya and UK armies, a team from the United Nations, saw Meru’s very own Purity Gitonga from Kibirichia scoop top prize of Sh500, 000 by emerging top in women’s 12km elite race. The 12km elite men’s race was won by Emanuel Bor from Nandi County.

Governor Kiraitu also successfully competed in the 2km fun category which was named the ‘Keep the Doctor Away’ race, where he was also joined by Kisumu County Governor H.E. Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o, Kisumu First Lady Dorothy Nyong’o, Makueni First Lady Nazi Kivutha, Meru First Lady Priscilla Murungi, Nyandarua First Lady Ann Kimemia, Athletics Kenya Chairman Rt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei, various heads of Corporations led by Nation Media Group (NMG) CEO Stephen Gitagama, leaders and residents of Meru County.

The event also attracted participants from across the country and the globe.


The Run was aimed at raising funds to address the cancer menace in the County via multi-pronged approach by establishing a Cancer Institute which will facilitate the complete process of dealing with the disease by identifying the courses through research, increasing creation of awareness, promoting screening and even treatment to completely eliminate it from Meru.

The event also aimed to open up and promote Mountain tourism in Mt. Kenya, where Meru commands 40% of the Mountain, and also promote conservation of our environment.


Kisumu Governor Prof. Nyong’o praised Governor Kiraitu for this great and successful first ever such fete in the country. He noted that having been personally affected by cancer, today’s run was a great move towards fighting the disease, noting that this is well in line with the Council of Governors (CoG) initiatives to address cancer menace across the 47 counties.

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