Its good news and joy for Kenyan athletes living abroad after the launch of the first ever ‘Heart Lake’ race in Canada.
The race has been received positively by many sportspeople citing its importance in the growth of the sport. The race will be held Brampton, Canada.
Athletes have already expressed their interest in taking part in the race including the 2018 Vancouver BMO Marathon second finisher, Jane Murage who says she excited about the opportunity presented by the race. Murage trains at Ngong Hills here back in Kenya and in Ontario, Canada.
“This is a great initiative. I cannot wait to be involved. I know Ethiopians are eying glory in this competition so my advice to fellow Kenyan runners is that they should practice hard. I’m training hard with an eye on several races in Canada, one of them being the Heart Lake Run,” said Murage.
The amazing prizes at the Heart Lake run are also acting as an incentive to attract participants to the race with Colorado based Grace Kahura already braced up for the competition. She finished 14th at this year’s edition of the Boulder International Challenge USA.
“The race offers exciting prizes which are bound to attract Kenyans in droves. Personally, I can’t wait to register for the 10km category. Taking part in this noble initiative will raise the Kenyan flag high at the same time put our country on the global map,” said Kahura.
The launch of the event’s website was graced by peel ward Councilor, Michael Palleschi on Friday and expressed his support for the cause.
“I would like to welcome this race to be held in my ward. We will engage our community and partner to create awareness on this exciting enterprise. We will use the chance to focus on three areas to strengthen our neighborhood, namely Zero Hunger, Environment conservation and climate change,” said Palleschi.
The event has attracted different stakeholders on board including the Kenya Women in Canada Association (KWICA) as well as Canada Africa Marketing and Development Agency (CAMDA) both under the leadership of Pauline Mwangi.
“Our athletes will gain exposure. They are bound to sign long contracts with international firms to sustain their careers. We strongly encourage women to participants to register in large numbers.
“We’re working closely with Environment and Economic Development Departments at Brampton City Hall to make the Walkathon a success. We plan to upgrade to 10km and other long distance categories thereafter,” added Mwangi.
Palleschi explained that the event will begin with a 3km plogging walkathon which is includes walking, jogging and running. The inaugural event is scheduled for June 8, 2019.
“It will be a charity event in support of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals ,which are in line with Brampton 2040 Vision Strategic Plan and Peel 20141 Official Plan,” said Palleschi.