Running for a cause: EABL Karura Run set for next month

By: RONNIE ODHIAMBO

The first edition of the East African Breweries Limited (EABL) Karura Run will take place on December 5 at Karura Forest.

The 10km race is aimed at supporting water towers and environmental conservation efforts and addressing the issue of water scarcity in different parts of the country.

Speaking at a press briefing Thursday at Serena Hotel, Ministry of Water and Irrigation’s deputy director James Yatich was optimistic that the run, which is targeting 1,000 participants, will be a success.

“It (the run) will create awareness on environmental conservation and sustainable development. The run is open to the public and proceeds will go towards the water supply systems in the country,” Yatich said.

A key component of the initiative is the ‘Skills for life’ where people will use sports and recreation as a tool to look after their surrounding and embrace the spirit of team work. The theme for the run is ‘A Short Run for the Long Run’.

EABL Foundation Managing Trustee Ms Julie Adell-Owino told Daily Nation Sport that the group is targeting to raise Sh5 million from the run.

Kenya Forest Service Chairman Peter Kirigua said: “We’ve reached a milestone today as the run is part of the tenth anniversary for EABL. I urge Kenyans to come out for the run and join in the fight to conserve the environment. We welcome partners who are willing to support our cause.”

Participants wishing to run will register with Sh1,000 at major malls in Nairobi where they will also receive branded t-shirts.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION