Tergat is back, running for charity

Wednesday July 20 2011

By CHRIS MUSUMBA [email protected]

Former World Marathon record holder Paul Tergat returned to action on Wednesday, eight months after surviving a near-fatal accident that left him in crutches for several weeks.

Paired against renown athletes like four-time Boston Marathon champion Robert “Mwafrika” Cheruiyot (Omar Ahmed), Sally Barsosio, the former World 10,000m champion, as well as 2007 Rotterdam Marathon winner Joshua Chelanga, the 40-year-old Tergat proved he is not over the cliff.

Tergat literally gave Dennis Nally, the chairman of the global accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, a run for his money.

Nally had dared Tergat and the other elite runners in a race, a morning run in the Nairobi suburbs of Milimani.

Funds to aid school

The race secured The Paul Tergat Foundation Sh450,000 from PwC, funds that will go towards the construction of a classroom for the special needs children at Kerer Primary School in Marakwet District.

“Indeed, one of the girls from this particular school, Betty Cheruiyot, put her school and the country on the global map when she won a gold medal during the 2007 Special Olympics in Beijing, China,” said Tergat.

PwC operates in more than 154 countries and Nally expressed hope that the disadvantaged children will get to enjoy a good learning environment.

“I believe that these disadvantaged children get to enjoy a better living and a conducive learning environment and it marks the beginning of our partnership with Paul Tergat Foundation,” Nally remarked.