University of Nairobi participates in Beyond Zero Half Marathon

The University of Nairobi staff and students were among thousands of Kenyans who brazed the chilly Sunday morning weather to participate in the First Lady Half Marathon that took place on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The University was one of the corporate sponsors that took part in the half marathon. A team of 10 staff and students led by the Director, Corporate Affairs participated in this year’s marathon that was attended by the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and his spouse.

Speaking during the event, the First Lady, Margret Kenyatta thanked many Kenyans for coming out in large numbers to participate. The marathon goes a long way in defining ‘our Kenyan spirit’. The event will have a positive and life changing impact among mothers and children who benefit directly from the Beyond Zero initiative. This initiative complements the government efforts to give universal health care to all Kenyans. “Child and maternal mortality rates are unacceptable”, she said. The initiative has helped thousands of needy mothers and children and contributed mobile clinics to 47 counties. The marathon, which came a day after the International Women’s Day has been dedicated to women suffering from fistula, children with physical challenges, the elderly and senior citizens.

The First lady took the opportunity to thank the sponsors of the event and urged all Kenyans to live healthy lives.

President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged not only to support athletics but to support sports, arts and culture.  “Sports, Art and Culture will truly take a center stage in our Republic. National football team, ‘Harambee Stars’ will be funded fully and rugby will be fully sponsored by the government, “he said.

The Deputy President who ran a personal best of 2 hours and 6 mins, while running the 21KM race observed that the event goes beyond health issues as it brings together Kenyans from all walks of life.  

The newly appointed Sports Minister, Ambassador Amina Mohammed noted that the Beyond Zero Half Marathon gives Kenyans an opportunity to exercise the body, mind and experience general wellness. “The greatness of a nation is judged by how it treats its weakest members”, she said. The event goes a long way in helping vulnerable mothers and children.

The University of Nairobi staff and students were happy to participate in the half marathon and to support a worthy cause that will have great impact on the lives of Kenyans.

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Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2019-10-31 (All day)