11 December 2017

11 December 2017Siaya Sprints Again


On Saturday 25th November Ace Africa hosted it’s 4th JBSF 10k Road Race. The JBSF 10k Run has been, for the forth year running, an incredible success. This year over 1,100 members of the community from around Siaya came and took part or came to watch runners race. As always there were a range of races including 10k, 8k, 6k, 2k, 1k, 400m and 100m.

This year, the fastest female 10K runner was Miriam Tanui, who took 52.26 minutes and Ezekiel Oduol ran the 10K in 33.25 minutes.


What is so fantastic about this event is the number of incredibly generous partner organisations that support the day in different ways, with every group playing a different roll.


The Centre for Health Solution, for example, conducted HIV testing and counselling, Red Cross Kenya provided balls, trophies and first aiders, Ruma Women’s Group provided hygiene products such as soaps to participants, Longhorn Book Publishers provided over 2,000 books for students, Wilvics Enterprise provided sanitary pads for adolescent girls, Shalom , a local hotels provided bread, milk and other drinks, the Siaya police and local administration provided security, Got Matar Primary school provided space, and a number of other partners supported through varying means.


Ace Africa and all those involved appreciate the events annual presence including the local organising committee and the entire community of Got Matar. Sporting events like the Jane Bubear Sports Foundation Got Matar 10K in particular have the potential to unite communities, giving individuals a sense of pride and sense of place, whilst also bringing different societal groups together improving social cohesion. The event is also a fantastic and ingenious way to reach more members of the community with social and health services as well as important information through the co-location of activities. The Got Matar JBSF 10k Run was enabled through the financial support of Jane Bubear Sports Foundation.


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