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KWS wins Mt. Kenya extreme challenge
Date Published: 15 Oct, 2012
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Mountain Rescue Team from Mt. Kenya National Park won this year’s edition of the Mt Kenya Extreme sports challenge at the Mt. Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL) base camp located in the northern side of Mt Kenya. The winning team comprised of Rangers Francis Muchoki, Paul Mutugi, Dennis Juma and Bornfree Misori. They won in a time of 3 hours 52 minutes
The event which is in its second year running took place from October 12th to 14th, 2012. Participants experienced two days of extreme adventure, thrill and excitement with three exclusive sporting activities lined up: Extreme Adventure, the Sky marathon and the Jungle race.
All of these activities were tailored to test and stretch the limits of participants’ stamina, agility, physical, mental and psychological endurance. KWS was represented by two teams The Mountain Rescue Team and the corporate team from headquarters, Nairobi. Ms. Salome Gachago the Business Development Manager who was part of the corporate team was the only lady who finished the challenge. Only 14 out of over 50 teams managed to finish the extreme challenge.
The main aim of the sports challenge is to raise funds for restoration of Mt Kenya Forest. This year’s theme was ‘Bring the forest back to life’. Money raised from the event will provide energy saving jikos to households around the mountain which rely heavily on firewood.
The event attracted professional athletes, international teams, tourists, fun runners, spectators, corporate teams, children, adventure and camping lovers in the action packed getaway in the bush.
The event is an initiative of KESAL in partnership with, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry Service, Kenya Tourism Board, Brand Kenya Board, Athletics Kenya, Mt. Kenya Tourism Circuit Association and National Environmental Management Authority.