On 14th November marathon runner Tegla Leroupe had her 6th Peace Race in Kapenguria (Kenya). Over 3000 runners came and even from the neighboring country Uganda people participated. Currently an Italian delegation of workers (friends from the Italian World Harmony Run) is gathering together to make a trip to Tegla’s new school to finish the electric installation. So the school will open end of January 2011. (Photo by Daulot)
In her new edition the online magazine PACE features among many other items and marathon announcements an article on Dorcas Cheserek, a rising marathon star from Kenya:
Dorcas Cheserek is a young up and coming potential world champion. She comes from a village called Maraket in Kenya but now lives in Training Camp, also in Kenya. It seems she developed her talent for running from her father who was a gifted runner at school but stopped once he was married. Like her father, Dorcas developed a passion for running at an early age. She entered a competition at Primary School, came second and promptly fell in love with running. Once at High School, she proceeded to win lots of 10k races and has continued ever since. Dorcas is coached by Pieter Langerhorst, who is married to Lornah Kiplagat, the current holder of the world record for distances of 5000 meters on the road, 10 Miles, 20,000 meters on the road, and half marathons. Her top tips on training are to train regularly and listen to what your body is telling you. She is a believer in building up strength and stamina and hopes to move on to half marathons after next year and in 2014 to become a marathon runner. Before this, her aim is to become world champion in 10k races next year. Dorcas trains six days a week in fairly short bursts about three or four times a day. She always rests the day before a race. Diet is always important for a runner and Dorcas has a very specific diet when she’s training. Her breakfasts consist mainly of bread with banana on some days and an egg on other days. Lunches are made up of rice, beef and beans on differing days and dinners are always Ugali (a mace flour which is boiled and stirred until thick) and vegetables. Dorcas came 22nd place in the Sunfeast World 10k in Bangalore on 31 May, with a time of 36.21, which is fantastic for her first professional race.
There is a Photo Blog that regularly features life in Kenya. Ruth Schäfer who is Director of the Rhein-Valley Hospital in Nakuru/Kasambara, regularly takes photos from and around her hospital for her Blog “Rhein-Valley Hospital News“. This is her newest picture of a Photo Blog that is worthwhile viewing regularly!
25-year-old Vincent Loritam from Tegla Lorupe’s stable in West Pokot district is the new Baringo Half-Marathon champion after emerging the strongest during the fourth edition held on Saturday. Loritam had to wait until the last five kilometres to make a strong attack that enabled him to wither a daring challenge from home boy William Chebon. Loritam, who hopes to make a return to the international scene since being away from 2006, clocked 1:02:06.4 to beat Chebon by 17 seconds. The race, that was flagged off at Kabarntanjo by one of the Baringo members of Parliament Mr Sammy Mwaita and who was flanked by the founder of the event Paul Tergat, saw a group of 10 athletes who ended up taking the top positions battle for 15 kilometres with Chebon controlling the pace. Chebon appeared to gain over the rest briefly soon after crossing the 15km mark but Loritam made a strong attack that scattered the group and by 20km it had been reduced to the a battle between the winner and the runner-up.
The women’s 15km event was won by international marathoner Agnes Kiprop in 50:55 ahead of Joan Ayabei (52:13) and Diana Chepkemoi (53:26). An upcoming athlete Ruth Matebo continued with her exploits by finishing sixth in 53:45. She was third in this year’s Tegla Loroupe Peace Race and eighth at last week’s Wareng Tuskys Cross Country held in Eldoret.
More than half a year ago the Swiss kidstokids organization, part of the International humanitarian help organization “The Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles” packed a container filled with school supplies donated by various organizations and schools in Switzerland as well as packages that were collected by children from Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Finland, for their little Kenyan brothers and sisters. It all started with a run at the Bodensee in Northern Switzerland, where “kidstokids” inspired some school teachers to organize a run with the children and afterwards collect items for the packages. After a long journey and months of waiting in Nairobi they got the needed papers and permissions from the Government and the Custom Authorities and the container was recently brought to the Rhein-Valley Hospital in Kasambara-Nakuru, Kenya. Tomorrow the hospital crew will start unloading the school banks and chairs that will be given to Tegla Loroupe for her Peace School in Kapenguria. Marathon runner and Peace Run organizer Tegla came to Switerland several times to promote the cause of the needy people in Kenya. All the crew members are looking forward to this because it is a special day for them. Not every day do they get a container full of goods they normally only dream of. Get continuous news coverage of the events in Kenya on the daily updated blog Rhein-Valley Hospital News. See also my interview with Tegla Loroupe posted on August 31, here on this Blog.
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Tegla Loroupe is one of the most gifted marathon runners. She is not only active in sports but also makes big steps towards peace with her Peace Races in Kenya, and as UN Ambassador of Sport. She recently worked together with Kofi Annan for a peaceful solution in the Kenyan Government. I had the privilege to meet and interview her in Switzerland where she ran a half-marathon and participated in the World Harmony Run. Watch the interview directly here on the blog or click on the vimeo logo to see it in HD quality.
I am moderating two Blogs on the region around Nakuru in Kenya where a small private hospital exists. since 2004. Swiss Ruth Schäfer, the director of this enterprise sends me daily informations and photos which are partly used for a daily news blog called “Rhein-Valley Hospital News” and the photoblog “Kenya Photos”. So, if you are interested in getting up-todate news and photos on a country that suffered a lot after the turmoils that happened half a year ago, but still shows a big heart through their people, then watch these blogs.