First Lady lets journalists in on her marathon training and plans

First Lady Maragaret Kenyatta on Wednesday allowed members of the press to join her morning training session at the State House grounds ahead of her fourth edition of the First Lady Half Marathon.

The marathon set for March 10 is part of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero campaign, seeking to raise funds for better maternal healthcare in the country.

The campaign has previously gained traction from various media personalities to help create awareness of the initiative through their different platforms.

Such include media personalities Janet Mbugua, Caroline Mutoko and Pinky Ghelani.

The event was launched in 2014 to help provide fully equipped mobile clinics to all 47 counties.

In the new phase, the Beyond Zero Campaign aims to eliminate Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (eMTCT) by 2020 besides scaling up the war against new HIV infections amongst adolescents.

The marathon will this year involve even marginalized persons, as it targets over 25,000 participants according to Charles Gacheru, one of the event organizers.

“For the first time this year we have added categories for the visually impaired. We have also incorporated a wheelchair and tricycle race so that we don’t lock out anyone who would like to join us for this worthy cause. Registration is ongoing and we expect about 25,000 participants,” he said.

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