Yesterday’s Kigali International Peace Marathon which aims at promoting peace through sports was attended by 3899 participants from 55 countries who contested in its three categories namely: Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.097) km and Run For Peace (10 km).
First Lady Jeannette Kagame participated in Run For Peace category where she run 10 km along with the Minister of Sports and Culture, Espérance Nyirasafari; the mayor of Kigali City, Chantal Rwakazina among other dignitaries.
Philip Kiplimo from Uganda won 42 km run in men category while Jepchirchir Korir from Kenya won in women category.
Chepchirchir Celestine from Kenya won the Half Marathon in women category while Kiminine Shadrack from Kenya won in men category.
Kigali International Peace Marathon started in 2005 supported by President Paul Kagame.
Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF) president, Fidele Mubiligi Fidèle said that this year’s marathon was successfully completed though Rwandans didn’t emerge among first runners.
“ The marathon ended on a high note in general. Half Marathon was won by Rwandans last year but no Rwandan won for this edition except one who emerged the second in women category. It is normal in competitions. This year’s marathon attracted competent runners because awards were increased,” he said.
Three Rwandans who performed well in each category of Kigali International Peace Marathon were also awarded.