16 April 2014

Kenya: Masinga Dam to Host Kengen Great Race in a Bid to Raise Funds

The inaugural KenGen Great Dams race will be held on June 14 at the Masinga Dam. KenGen managing director, Albert Mugo, said the race seeks to raise money to help in conservation of the forests around the Seven Forks ecosystem.

The Seven Forks is home to five hydropower stations, which contribute over 50 percent of power to the national grid. The race will include a 21km race for individuals, a similar distance for corporate teams and 10km for individuals. Mugo said the race will also seek to promote the facility as a holdiay destination. Registration for the event commenced yesterday with former road running queen Tegla Lroupe confirming her participation.

Registration is divided into two categories including the Early Bird which will attract Sh12,000 for individual runners and Sh120,000 for a corporate team of 10. This category is open until May 15, when the second category known as Normal will kick off. Normal will attract a Sh15,000 for individuals and Sh150,000 for the corporate teams. "Our main aim is to raise funds and we are mostly keen on the fun lovers hence the high registration fee," said Mugo. "We are not necessarily targeting the elite athletes as our prizes can reveal."

Winners in the men and women's categories will bag Sh50,000, runners up will pocket Sh25,000 while the bronze medallist will take home Sh15,000.

The winning corporate team will get Sh120,000 while 10km attracts Sh25,000, Sh15,000 and Sh10,000 for the first, second and third finishers.

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