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Come to Karura to get set for 2015 Margaret Kenyatta’s ‘Beyond Zero’ half marathon

First lady’s running project aims at supporting initiatives that will enhance maternal, newborn and child health

MARGARET Kenyatta, a finisher in the charity category at the 2014 London Marathon, leads compatriots from all walks of life in a unique run on Sunday at Karura Forest, Nairobi.

She will launch preparations for the 2015 First Lady’s Half Marathon. Last year, in the inaugural race on the streets of Nairobi, the President’s wife launched the campaign, “Beyond Zero” to raise awareness about the benefits of good health.


With money raised from participants and well-wishers the First Lady mobilised support for initiatives enhancing maternal, newborn and child health.

This time at Karura Forest, from 9 am to 5pm, she will launch events will include the following:

–  A 3km fun run – ‘Run with the First Lady’

– Zhumba dancing and aerobics warm up


– Fun for the children and young at heart – face painting and jumping castles

– Music from some of Kenya’s leading music artistes – including Size 8, Chris Adwar, Shantelle, Pitson and Sauti Sol


The launch will also include various health check-ups, from diabetes to blood pressure, BMI measurement and nutritional advice.

The launch will be open to all and entry is free of charge, organisers said. Registration for the 2015 First Lady’s Half Marathon will also be taking place at the launch.

Directions to Karura Forest:

From the Nairobi City Centre, drive 6.4kms on Limuru Road towards the United Nations [UN] Complex, just after the Belgian Embassy, turn right into Karura Forest. Drive/walk 1km into the forest, follow the directional signage to the ‘Run with the First Lady’ venue.

Another of ‘Beyond Zero’ objectives is to encourage women to consciously adopt a healthy lifestyle through sports and practice preventative health strategies.

Mobile clinics

Statistics show that 21 Kenyan women die every day while giving birth. The ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign aims to provide mobile health clinics in all 47 counties in Kenya. So far, seven counties have benefitted from the mobile clinics; Taita Taveta, Narok, Samburu, Baringo,Isiolo, Homabay and Wajir.

These clinics will be especially beneficial to women and children in all parts of Kenya and will be accessible to them at no cost.