Deputy President William Ruto wowed crowds by winning gold after he emerged first in Dr Wahome Gakuru Memorial Half Marathon.
Ruto bagged the medal after beating other politicians who participated in the 10-kilometre race on Sunday.
Other politicians who started with the Deputy President did not go past the 200-metre mark.
Among them were Governors Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri and Okoth Odado (Migori), and MPsNdindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town) and James Gichohi (Tetu).
DP William Ruto finished first in the Dr Wahome Gakuru Memorial Half Marathon in Nyeri County, bagging the gold medal, and giving out Sh2 Million. #DPWilliamRuto2022 https://t.co/FxtKJgXhIR pic.twitter.com/UrVhFcMgmq
— The Muthoka® (@MuthokaTito) November 12, 2018
However, Kahiga and other MPs joined him at the tail end of the race.
Ruto run in the company of his guards and a few athletes.
Considering the world record for 10KM race is 26 minutes 17 seconds held by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, Ruto’s finish time of one hour and six minutes is commendable.
The DP had flagged of the race with hundred of participants from the region minutes past 7am.
While noting that people from all walks of life attended the event, the DP highlighted that sports is a unifying factor.
Among women, Lydia Njeri from Nyandarua County won the same race while Maryanne Wangari from Nakuru County came second and was followed by Caroline Kilel from Kericho County.
Running with DP Ruto during the inaugural Dr Gakuru memorial marathon at Nyeri. Funds raised will go towards setting up of an emergency centre at Nyeri Referral Hospital. Btw the DP is super fit.. doing 10km in under 1hr👍🏿 pic.twitter.com/yC4rUIvDgN
— Anthony Kiai (@agkiai) November 11, 2018
Titus Ekiru from Nandi County won the 21-kilometers race, bagging a reward of Sh250,000, while Titus Kipruto from Elgeyo Marakwet came second and Joseph Kiprotich from Nandi third.
Governor Gakuru died on November 7 last 2016 following a fatal road accident along Nyeri-Nairobi highway.
At his burial, his successor Governor Mutahi Kahiga, who was then his deputy, suggested the marathon to honour him.