Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge , signs an agreement after adopting 50 hectaresof Kaptagat Forest, as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and PS Chris Kiptoo and other senior KFS officials looks on.

Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge , signs an agreement after adopting 50 hectaresof Kaptagat Forest, as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and PS Chris Kiptoo and other senior KFS officials looks on.

Renown athlete and World record holder Eliud Kipchoge has adopted 50 hectares of forest land in the Kaptagat Forest,boosting government’s conservation efforts.

Kipchoge said forests, especially Kaptagat has played a key role in his endeavors.“There is no athletics high altitude training site on Earth-like Kaptagat forest and it’s environs. Ask any athlete from Kenya and even those who come to train here from other countries. They will tell you the best place to train in Kenya is Kaptagat” said Kipchoge.
Kipchoge shocked the world when he ran Ineos marathon under two hours, setting unbeatable world record.Shocked, athletes from across the world have been thronging to Kaptagat Forest to train while enjoying the breeze from the forest.Kipchoge said the forest should not only be preserved for the current generation but also for future generations.
He said he therefore adopted the 50 hectares as a challenge to other individuals, businesses, NGOs and citizens to conserve forests.
“Restoring this forest and handing it over to our children and grandchildren when it’s intact is the best gift we can give them.. I  have adopted 50ha I will finish the race with you” asserted Kipchoge.
KFS Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Patrick Kariuki , and Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge exchanges the agreement documents as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko looks on.

KFS Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests Patrick Kariuki , and Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge exchanges the agreement documents as Environment CS Keriako Tobiko looks on.

Kipchoge said ; “The speed that we employ when aiming for the prize during competitions is the same speed and urgency we need now to stop further forest loss and reduce our negative impact on this precious natural resource that provides us clean air, clean water and is a perfect training ground for our athletes”.

The athlete regretted that there was rampant wanton destruction of forests killing the Kenyan heritage.“We need to reduce destruction, forest provides us with clean water,fresh air and best training camp,” he said.The adoption will see rehabilitation of the 50ha with indigenous trees to restore the forest to it’s natural state.

World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge plants a tree at Kaptagat Forest to mark the 4th annual Sabor Forest tree planting event.

World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge plants a tree at Kaptagat Forest to mark the 4th annual Sabor Forest tree planting event.

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