Egerton University on Saturday 8th February 2014, hosted successful inaugural Mau-EgertonUniversity Cross Country. During the race Philip Lang’at and Joyce Chepkemoi won the senior men and senior women race respectively. In the senior men 12km race, Lang’at overcame stiff competition to win at the time of 32:21.1 while the second contestant Charles Kimeli was timed at 32:33.7 while Richard Sigei came third. In the 8km senior women’s race Joyce Chepkemoi who clocked 24:49.1 won, followed by EmmieChepkurui who was timed 24:55.0 while Victoria Chepkemoi was third with the time of 25:13.3.
Former Minister Franklin Bett, CEOs of various corporate institutions, Olympic and World steeple chase champion Ezekiel Kemboi and former Boston marathon winner Wesley Korir who is also a member of parliament for Cherang’any were among the guests who graced the occasion. Hon. Bett, Kemboi and Korir pledged to support the event next year.
The objective of the cross country was to create environmental awareness and raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Mau Ecosystem and Njoro River which is a vision 2030 flagship project. The event has been scheduled to be held annually.
The Cross Country, was organized by Egerton university in partnership with Athletics Kenya and sponsored by a number of corporate institutions which includes; Nation Media Group, Nakuru County Government, Kenya commercial Bank, Cooperative Bank of Kenya, Egerton Cooperative Sacco, AMACO Insurance, APA Insurance, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Water Towers Agency, GDC, Kenya Vision 2030 among others.