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Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi joins participants from different organizations and entities in a 10km race during the 2020 Beyond Zero Half Marathon held at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on March 08, 2020.

Eleven Commission staff took part in Beyond Zero Half Marathon held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi County on Sunday March 8th 2020. The event spearheaded by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta attracted hundreds of other participants, with Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi the Commission Secretary/CEO leading the Commission’s team.
From CUE team, Reynold Njue of Planning Department emerged the winner in the 10km event, with the race starting from Uhuru Highway through Haile Selassie Avenue, Bunyala Road, Dunga Road, Lusaka Road, Mombasa Road, Langata Road to Aerodrome Road before participants went back to the Stadium.

10km route map guiding the participants in the 10km race

 Naftali Okodo of Supply Chain Management department came in second followed closely by Andrian Mugambi of Administration and Human Resource Department. Not left behind was CUE’s CEO who maintained a steady pace to finish fourth and at position five were Monica Gachunga and Anne Lucy Githinji of Institutional Accreditation Department. Hezron Njoroge, Senior Assistant Commission Secretary and Hudson Nandokha of Standards Recognition and Equation of Qualifications Department tied at position seven while Anne Koki of Corporate Affairs came in eighth.  Dishon Bwayo of Accreditation was position nine.

From left: Reynold Njue (Planning department), Dishon Bwayo (Accreditation), Monica Gachunga (Programme Accreditation), Naftali Okodo (Supply Chain Management), Anne Lucy Githinji (Programme Accreditation), Anne Koki (Corporate Affairs),  Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi (Commission Secretary and CEO), Hezron Njoroge (Senior Assistant Commission Secretary and HoD Internal Audit), Andrian Mugambi (Administration and Human Resource) and  Hudson Nandokha (Standards, Recognition and Equation of Qualifications) warming up for the Beyond Zero half Marathon held at Nyayo Stadium on 8th March 2020. 

Nationally, Vincent Kipchumba won the 21km men's race pocketing Ksh.250,000 while Lydia Njeri won the women’s 21km taking home the same amount.

The 21km and 10km races involved marathoners and participants from corporate entities respectively, while the 5km race for family members. The 2km race was reserved for expectant mothers. CUE was among the over 200 corporates that sponsored the Beyond Zero Half Marathon.

Commission Secretary and CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi joins participants from different organizations and entities in a 10km race during the 2020 Beyond Zero Half Marathon event held at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi on March 08, 2020.

Others were Kenya Revenue Authority, KenGen, Kenya power, Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, KASNEB, Water Resources Authority, Kenya Vision 2030, Huduma Kenya and KICD.

The event was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta who participated in a 2km race alongside Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, and governors Mike Sonko of Nairobi and Alfred Mutua of Machakos. The marathon was officially flagged off by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who said proceeds from the event will be used in acquiring resources to bring to focus the challenges facing Kenyans and build strategic partnerships.

Monica Gachunga and Anne Lucy Githinji of Accreditation division join participants from different organizations and entities in a 10km race during the 2020 Beyond Zero Half Marathon event held at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi on March 08, 2020.

Hudson Nandokha and Hezron Njoroge during the 10km Beyond Zero Half Marathon race held at Nyayo Stadium.

This year's edition of the event called for participants to select their causes to run.

The causes include:
1. I will run for Zero child deaths
2. I will run for Zero maternal deaths
3. I will run for Zero Female Genital Mutilation
4. I will run for early screening of cancer
5. I will run for inclusion of persons who are differently abled.
6. I will run for better nutrition
7. I will run for Zero child marriages
8. I will run Zero HIV infections

Andrian Mugambi of Administration and Human resource almost cruising the finishing line towards Nyayo Stadium finish line.

CUE team chose to run for early screening of cancer. Cancer is estimated to be the third leading cause of deaths in Kenya after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. Globocan report 2018 estimates show there are 47,887 new cases in Kenya daily and 32,987 deaths due to cancer annually.

This year's marathon attracted 15,000 participants, who were awarded medals. The race aimed at raising Sh250 million towards zero new HIV infections and zero child marriages among other causes mentioned above.

From Left: Anne Koki (Corporate Affairs), Anne Lucy Githinji (Programme Accreditation), Evelyn Okewo (Corporate Affairs) and Monica Gachunga (Institution Accreditation) display their medals after winning the 10KM Beyond Zero Half Marathon held at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on 8th March 2020.

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