First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today, 14th February, raised the curtain to the 2020 Beyond Zero Half Marathon by flagging off a 100-men run at Karura Forest in Nairobi.

The men’s only race, under the tagline ‘I will Run For Her’, precedes this year’s half marathon scheduled for Sunday, 8th March.

The event was organised to coincide with the Valentine’s Day and the men were running to show solidarity with women around the issues of maternal and child health and the girl-child challenge.

The First Lady has been on the frontline in championing pre-elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2021.

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She is also advocating social inclusion of children living with disabilities for equal access to heath and education services.

Unlike in the past editions of the marathon, participants will this year pick an area to support within the broad maternal and child healthcare.

These include zero maternal deaths, zero child death, a healthy lifestyle for the elderly, zero new HIV infections and zero child marriages.

Among those who took part in today’s run were Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki.

The First Lady, accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed, Sicily Kariuki and Margaret Kobia as well as her Chief-o-Staff, Ms Constance Gakonyo, National Aids Control Council CEO Nduku Kilonzo and members of the Beyond Zero Secretariat, joined the men in a warm-up for the ‘men only’ run.

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Mrs Kenyatta, who received the participants at the end of the run, later planted a tree to signify the importance of the event and her commitment to environmental conservation.

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