Renown athlete and World Marathon Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge has adopted 50 hectares of forest land in the Kaptagat Forest in bid to boost 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 its 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 an unbeatable world record.
Athletes from across the world have thronged 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 has adopted the 50 hectares as a challenge to other individuals, businesses, Non Governmental Organisations(NGOs) and citizens to conserve forests.
“Restoring this forest and handing it over to our children and grandchildren when it is intact is the best gift we can give them. I have adopted 50 hectares and I will finish the race with it,” said Kipchoge.
“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,”he added.
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 50 hectares with indigenous trees to restore the forest to its natural state.