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Makau-My interest is to build on speed work

World marathon record holder Makau said he will use the second edition of the UNEP Half Marathon to step up training for the forthcoming London Marathon to be held on April 13 in England.

Makau who has been stepping up training in Ngong and at his home in
Kangundo said his interest is to build on speed work ahead of London
and the UN race will be a better platform for him to develop that.
Makau who has been out of action since mid last year after picking a
hamstring injury will use the race to test his test fitness.
World and Olympic 3000m steeple chase champion Ezekiel Kemboi who
still has a dream of turning into a marathoner is in support of the
race and will use it for endurance in preparation for the track and
field season.
Organizers have said they will use the race to advocate for peace in
the following campaigns: Sports for Peaceful Elections started in
January by the UN, the Sports Association, the Independent Electoral
and Boundaries Commission and Google Kenya.

The winners in both men and women categories will carry home Sh150,
000 each and top ten finishers in both categories will be rewarded.
Other categories to be contested are fun run, young finishers and
schools.
The race is scheduled to kick off at the Kenya Technical Teachers
College and wind through the leafy suburbs of Gigiri and the
surrounding neighborhoods.
The race ambasadeurs include Makau, Catherine Ndereba, Ezekiel Kemboi,
Paul Tergat, Tegla Loroupe and Douglas Wakihuri.
UN Half Marathon ambassador, Paul Tergat who graced the race launch at
a Nairobi hotel  praised the UNEP saying it has shown exceptional
leadership by hosting the second edition around its precincts in
Nairobi.

Tergat said: “Every athlete requires a very clean environment,
especially clean air to be able to stay healthy and perform optimally,
hence sports and environment re intertwined.”

“It is also encouraging that this year’s marathon will also be used to
promote peace, which is extremely critical for this country as the
race comes just a few days before our historic General Elections.”

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