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First Lady launches ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign in Japan

The Beyond Zero campaign entered a new dawn Sunday when First Lady Margaret Kenyatta extended her training to Tokyo, Japan where she also launched the 3rd edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon 2016.

The launch also marked the third time that the First lady was taking her Beyond Zero funds-raising expeditions abroad. The first such outing was during the London Half Marathon in 2014 and the recent training session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two weeks ago.

The marathons are aimed at creating awareness and mobilising resources to fund Beyond Zero activities especially the acquisition of mobile clinics that the initiative has been distributing to the devolved units.

So far, 32 counties have benefited from the fully kitted clinics with significant impact on maternal and child health at the grassroots.

Buoyed by Japanese government officials and the health-conscious nationals from Tokyo, the First Lady ran a 5km race around the emperor’s Imperial Palace in a chilly morning marked by a light drizzle.

Before the ran, the enthusiastic participants that included the Kenyan ambassador to Japan Solomon Karanja, Beyond Zero team and JICA officials took part in a light work out exercise to prepare themselves for the gruelling race.

The pre-marathon training session around the verdant Imperial Palace was unique in its own way because the First Lady was retracing the steps of past world marathon champions including her own personal coach Douglas Wakiihuri.

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