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Marathoners at it
All male and female category prizes amounting to $44,000 (about =N=16.7 million) were on Saturday carted home by three Kenyan maratoners at the maiden Kaduna Marathon.
The race began around 7:30 am with the 21 km distance for both male and female category.
John Mburu of Kenyan won the male 21 km race, with first prize of $10,000 while the second prize of $7,000 and a third of $5,000 also went to two other Kenyan runners.
All three winners had participated in various international marathon competitions.
Similarly, in the female 21 km category, the first, second and third prizes just like the male category were won by Kenyan women runners.
John Mburu while fielding questions from journalists, said experience mattered in marathon just as he commented the organisers, promising to participate in the next race if invited.
The Kaduna State Government expressed its gratitude to the runners, sponsors, citizens, media and government agencies that helped to successfully stage the first edition of the Kaduna Marathon.
Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication) noted in a statement that the first edition of the Marathon had advanced the stated goals of promoting sports, encouraging social interaction and showing the best of Kaduna.
Saud he: “Today’s 21km race and the 5km and 10km races have helped advance the goals set out for the Kaduna Marathon. Designed as a half-marathon, the Kaduna Marathon is designed as an annual sporting event, creating options for talent development, drawing mass participation, inviting visitors to the state and creating economic benefits”.
He added that the major objective was to promote social interaction and advance unity in the state.