Marathon great Eliud Kipchoge has challenged Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago to move with speed and rehabilitate the water catchment area of Kapseret Forest.
Speaking as a guest of at the third edition of Eldoret City Marathon on Sunday, Kipchoge reiterated that Governor Mandago will be remembered for two things; the good and the ugly he brought to the people of Eldoret in his tenure as the county chief for 10 years.
Eldoret City Marathon was founded in 2018 with the main goal of enhancing environmental preservation and climate action, hence Kipchoge calling Mandago to action in achieving the intended purpose of the run by increasing forest cover of Kapseret.
“You will be remembered by the problems you created or solutions you brought to this county. Please adopt Kapseret Forest and plant trees,” said Kipchoge.
The athlete further called for the society to embrace the habit of running for a reason rather than focusing on non – essential activities.
“We need to convert our anniversaries into a noble cause or run for our health. Let us not spoil our children with birthday gifts. Let us not spoil our wives by taking them to Dubai or Mombasa. Let us participate in a race for our wives.”
On his part, Governor Mandago revealed that the Greek government has donated 2,000 seedlings of Olive seedlings towards the project. It is also estimated that over 100,000 tree seedlings have been planted over the past one month in various institutions across Uasin Gishu County.
This year’s Eldoret City Marathon attracted 1,151 registered runners, marking the first major road competition in Kenya in 2021.