NAKURU, Kenya 9th September 2014 – County Government of Nakuru has taken a giant step in nurturing talented athletes by sponsoring them in the upcoming Geothermal Menengai Half Marathon set for the 21st of September 2014 in Nakuru.
The County Government will sponsor 550 youths by selecting 10 from each of the 55 wards to take part in the annual race that enters its third edition this year.
Speaking to the press this morning to announce the partnership, Governor Mbugua noted that his government was committed in giving untapped talent from the County, a chance to showcase their prowess.
“As a County Government, sports is an integral part of our social and economic development. In fact, we are putting in place all the requisite measures that will position Nakuru as a premier location to host sporting events. The County has taken a lead for this event to be a success by sponsoring the youth to participate as a means of tapping raw talent. We intend to sponsor over 550 people for the 21km half marathon to propel them to bigger races.”
The directorate of sports will work hand in hand with various Members of County Assemblies from all wards in picking the 10 athletes who will be catered for during the event.
He also added that the County intends to create a road map towards uplifting the standards of sport-persons, in terms of self and personal development for the life beyond athletics.
“We plan for the talented athletes not only to prosper in running but also get good education skills, learn about business and managing their winnings, through forming partnership with learning and financial institutions.”
The partnership will see the county Government enhance the prize money to 300,000 Ksh from the earlier 150,000 Ksh and increase the prize range to make sure all who finish in the top 10 positions in the various categories receive prizes. The County will also facilitate the registration of the athletes and form a County Executive and Assembly teams that will take part in the team races.
The apt theme of the marathon this year is ‘Run for Health’ with the proceeds going towards supporting the improvement of health facilities in Nakuru county.