Kenyans are a gracious, but competitive people. They have a wonderful, quaint expression when challenged to a race, "You will eat my dust". And of course we did. We placed well towards the back of the pack (OK...at the back of the pack) in the inaugural Mully Half Marathon . But the race was a tremendous success on a number of levels! Thanks for partnering with us. Here are some highlights:
1. The Run
· Close to 2,000 runners participated in the 5K, 10K or half marathon including us 7 Canadians (Bernie, Ann, Ross, Sophia, Liam, Jake and Nick) and hundreds of children from Mully Childrens’ Family.
· The race attracted some of the top runners in the world with finishing times in line with the best events anywhere on the planet.
· The event was sanctioned and monitored by Athletics Kenya (the group that governs the Kenya Olympic team). This first run appears to have met AK’s standards and we anticipate having their approval for this to become an annual event which will include the full marathon starting next year!
· The net result is that the Mully Marathon will become a significant annual source of funds and awareness in Kenya and internationally for the great work of MCF providing new futures for kids who had some of the roughest starts in life one can imagine. Old Guys in Action is proud to have played a part in making this happen.
· We changed the focus of this year’s fundraising to help support MCF during a period of severe drought. While rains have now come and crops have been planted again, the reality is that many months of production have been lost and MCF is deeply grateful for the support you provided to help them while they wait for the delayed harvest.
· True to form, Charles Mulli was proactive during the crisis providing food and water to surrounding communities. He also took the opportunity to employ local workers to harvest mountains of sand from the dry river bed for use in future construction projects…and he built a wall along the river bank to prevent stray hippos from endangering the compound.
· Bernie and I were thrilled to have our families and ultra-marathoner Nick Brendisi from Collingwood, Ontario join us this year to see first-hand what has inspired our efforts for more than a decade. MCF saves and truly transforms the lives of children in its care…something that has to be seen to really appreciate.
· God willing and knees permitting the Old Guys will be back next year to run the full marathon. We hope that many Canadians will join us and would be really thrilled if you came along as well.