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Over 200 warriors to feature in Tegla Loroupe Peace Race

Friday November 9 2018

Former New York marathon champion Tegla Loroupe (centre) takes part in an 840-kilometre (522-mile)

Former New York marathon champion Tegla Loroupe (centre) takes part in an 840-kilometre (522-mile) "Walk for Peace" against ethnic violence in Baringo on August 6, 2015. PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA |  AFP

By BERNARD ROTICH
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The 15th edition of Tegla Loroupe 10km Peace Race has attracted a number of participants which includes warriors from the warring tribes.

The race which will take place in Kapenguria in West Pokot, will see more than 200 reformed warriors participate in a 10km race organized by long distance retired athlete and peace ambassador Tegla Loroupe.

According to the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation Communications Director Obadiah Kendagor, all is set for the race which will be used to create awareness on the importance of a peaceful society.

“We will have more than 200 reformed warriors participating in the race from various warring communities who are now living in peace. Also a number of elite athletes will participate with the world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge expected to grace the occasion,” said Kendagor.

He also added that the race will bring together communities from Pokot, Turkana, Marakwet, Karamojong and Sebei from Uganda.

The refugees team which has been camping and training in Ngong, Kajiado County will also be represented.

In the elite category, 2015 Beijing World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will be participating in the race as part of her training for the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country Championships later this month where she will be eyeing glory.

“I like running in local races because that’s where you can gauge yourself before you leave for major races outside the country,” said Tirop.

The race started in 2003 in partnership with Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation as a way of uniting warring tribes through sports.

In 2016, Loroupe was named the 2016 Person of the year by United Nations for her efforts to have refugees participate in the Olympic Games.

She is also remembered for organizing the first peace race in Kakuma Refugee camp in Turkana County to commemorate World Refugee Day as one way of promoting peace in the area in 2014.

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