Running for health
SEE ALSO :Cherono to battle Farah in Chicago raceHugh Jackman, the 2011 New York Half Marathon actor, has raced in the Shoe4Africa charity race. Also in the mix are an armada of Olympic and World Champions, among them Kenya’s late Sammy Wanjiru, who became an ambassador in the 2007 Shoe4Africa race. Consequently, the annual Shoe4Africa 5km run in Iten, would shift to Eldoret with the ground breaking ceremony of the facility to be held at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital grounds. Toby Tanser, the Shoe4Africa director and former athlete, said it will be a milestone to obscure charity as they begin the project. “Currently for a population of 850-million people, Sub Saharan Africa has only one dedicated public children’s hospital; 5,000 km away in Cape Town, South Africa.
SEE ALSO :Big field for Madoka Half Marathon“I lived in a hospital for a couple of months after smashing multiple bones in my right arm; it was like being in a hotel.” He said the challenges makes the ground breaking ceremony makes the landmark project a unique. “It might not have been initiated had it not been for the warm hospitality rural Kenyans I offered to them over a decade ago, and most importantly it is a journey embodying the spirit that one man can make a difference in this world,” said Tanser. The race has in the past attracted interest from Kenya’s Olympic and world champions. Douglas Wakiihuri and Luke Kibet, two world marathon champions, led hundreds of children in a past peace race. Kenya’s first ever Olympic medalist, Wilson Kiprugut, has also attended of the competitions.
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