The Eldoret City Marathon’s organizing committee has taken a significant step towards environmental conservation by adopting a 30-acre forest site at Napkoi Forest Station, located in Ainabkoi Sub County, Uasin Gishu. Their aim is to plant 30,000 indigenous trees as part of their efforts to combat climate change and protect the environment.

During a recent tree planting event held at the Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu, Moses Tanui, the Director of Eldoret City Marathon, emphasized the importance of this initiative in addressing air pollution and restoring a healthier climate. He particularly highlighted the benefits for athletes, who rely on clean air for their performance and well-being.

Tanui expressed gratitude towards the county government for sponsoring 1000 athletes, as well as the national government’s support through the Talanta Hela program. He also acknowledged the contributions of sponsors like the Kenya Forest Service and Safaricom, whose assistance has been instrumental in realizing the marathon’s environmental goals.

Anthony Musyoka, the North Rift Regional Forest Conservator of the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), praised the collaborative efforts between KFS and the Eldoret City Marathon. This partnership has facilitated tree planting initiatives in various institutions across the county, aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.

Musyoka highlighted the specific project at Napkoi Forest Station, where the marathon has committed to adopting 30 acres of land for tree planting. He encouraged individuals from all backgrounds to participate in tree planting activities, emphasizing the global importance of collective action in combating climate change. Additionally, Musyoka welcomed those interested in adopting areas within forest reserves, offering support and space for their involvement in environmental conservation efforts.