Two-time New York City Marathon champion Tegla Loroupe of Kenya is organizing a peace race next month in her country. The inaugural event will cover 10-kilometers and will be held December 13th in West Pokot District in the Rift Valley of Kenya.
The Tegla Loroupe Peace Race will bring together communities from northern Kenya, northeastern Uganda, southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia which have been affected by poverty, conflict and severe drought. Tegla says it has caused her a lot of pain to see her people suffer. She says the race will be a great opportunity to bring all these communities together through athletics so that they may appreciate peace and togetherness.
Tegla Loroupe is recruiting some of Africa's biggest stars to lend their support for the 10-kilometer race, including Ethiopia's two-time Olympic champion, Haile Gebrselassie, and another Ethiopian, Berhane Adere, who won a gold medal in the women's 10,000-meter race at this year's world championships in Paris.
Kenya's list of supporters will include Paul Tergat, the world record holder in the marathon; Joyce Chepchumba, who won last year's New York City Marathon; and Catherine Ndereba, who won the world title in the marathon in Paris earlier this year.
The main objective of the charity race is to raise money to support peace projects, poverty reduction and HIV/AIDS awareness.