The Star (Nairobi)

17 January 2013

Kenya: Lorna Kiplagat's Sh1billion Private Track Ground Breaking

Iten located in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya will soon be home to the third privately owned track in the world.

Last Saturday, former world half marathon record holder Lorna Kiplagat hosted the ground breaking ceremony for the facility which will comprise of a sports academy purely for girls and a 400m synthetic track.

Ethiopia's long distance runner Kenenisa Bekele and Jamaica's sprinter Usain Bolt are the only other athletes who own a private track.

"This has been my dream for 15 years and I am so happy that it will now be a reality" Lorna said. She also owns the Iten Club and the High Altitude Training Centre also in Iten.

Sports minister Ababu Namwamba presided over the ceremony lauding Lorna as an inspiration to many women and athletes. In attendance were Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, Equity Bank chief operations officer Julius Kipngetich, Keiyo North MP Lucas Chepkitony, Founder Shoe4Africa Tobey Tanser, Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha and Great Britain athlete Mo Farah.

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