Huge turnout at annual Cycle with the Rhino 2017

Participants are flagged off at the start point of the annual Cycle with the Rhino 2017. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Participants came out in large numbers on Saturday for the annual Cycle with the Rhino race held at Lake Nakuru National Park. More than 600 participants drawn from 10 primary schools and 4 secondary schools cycled through the picturesque park to raise funds to rehabilitate the electric fence around the 188km square park, to protect the endangered white rhinos.

Sixteen-year-old Paul Kibet won the 13th edition of the race. Kibet, a form two student at Moi Secondary School in Nakuru, featured in the competitive senior boys’ category for 14–17 years. He said that he was happy to win the race and play a crucial role in preserving the endangered species. Simon Theuri of Upper Hill Academy finished second followed by Bill Richardson of Shah Lalji Academy.

Lake Nakuru’s white rhino ambassador popular comedian Herman Kago aka Professor Hamo (left) receives Paul Kibet (centre) of Moi Secondary School at the finish line after winning the ‘Cycle with the Rhino’ race at Lake Nakuru National Park on September 16, 2017. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In the senior girls’ category, Melvin Jones Academy dominated the race with a 1–2–3 sweep. “We came with a mission to contribute to the protection of white rhinos and win the race and we’re happy we did not disappoint,” said Sehrish Khawaja, who topped the podium. Claudia Wanjiru finished second with Amarjot completing the top three.In the 7–9 years category, Lions Primary School took the first two positions in the girls’ section with Ivy Achieng’ winning the race followed by Grace Mumo while Sasha Rose of Carol Academy came in third.

Simon Theuri of Upper Hill Secondary School celebrates finishing second in the ‘Cycle with the Rhino’ senior category with participants being of age 14–17 years on September 16, 2017 at the Lake Nakuru National Park. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In the boys’ race, Ryan Nderu of Lions Academy roared to victory. Griffin Otieno of Roots Academy and Precious Paul wound second and third respectively. Carol Academy students were in a class of their own after they sweept the podium in the boys 10–13 years category. Leading the pack was George Kariuki followed by Leon Omondi with Emmanuel Kiplagat third.

Excel’s Joy Kamau cruised to victory in the girls’ category ahead of Tracey Shantelle of Crater Academy while Caro Chege of Excel finished third. The winners were awarded certificates by acting deputy director Parks and Research Michael Kipkeu.

The event gives an opportunity to the participants to cycle through the hills and valleys across Nakuru Town and its environs and through the park.

Source: Daily Nation

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