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Lagat, Jepngetich seals Betika Kapsabet road race wins

In a fiercely competitive atmosphere, over 700 athletes displayed remarkable endurance and skill, captivating spectators, and enthusiasts alike during the Betika Kapsabet Road Race on March 3, 2024.

Among the standout performers were Bernard Langat and Langat Kiprotich, securing first place and second runners-up respectively in the men’s category, with Felix Kirui closely following in third place.

In the women’s division, Judith Jepngetich emerged triumphant, showcasing exceptional talent and determination. Janeth Jepkosgei and Joan Jepkosgei demonstrated commendable performances, securing second and third place respectively.

“Participating in the Kapsabet Road Race has been an incredible first-time experience. The support from the community and fellow athletes has been overwhelming, and I’m honored to have finished among the top runners,” said Bernard Langat, the top male runner.

“Winning the Kapsabet Road Race is a dream come true for me. The dedication and hard work have finally paid off, and I’m thrilled to have represented women in this competition. This victory is not just mine but a testament to the resilience and determination of all female athletes,” Judith Jepngetich, the top female runner.

Betika, renowned for its unwavering support for sports development, recognized the remarkable achievements of the top male and female runners. Each top runner received a prestigious reward of Sh250,000, acknowledging their dedication and outstanding performance. Second and third-place finishers were not left behind, as they claimed substantial prizes of Sh150,000 and Sh100,000 respectively, further motivating athletes to push their limits and excel in their endeavors.

Reflecting on the success of the event, Mutua Mutava, Managing Director of Betika, expressed his delight, stating, “The Kapsabet Road Race exemplifies our commitment to fostering talent and promoting healthy competition within our communities. We are proud to witness such remarkable performances and extend our heartfelt congratulations to all participants.”

Participants who narrowly missed the top three podium slots were not overlooked, as fourth and fifth-place finishers earned Sh50,000 and Sh40,000 respectively.

Furthermore, participants who secured sixth through tenth place in both the men’s and women’s categories were also rewarded, each receiving Sh20,000.

In a related development, Betika has partnered with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) to strengthen fair play and integrity within the realm of sports.

“Through our partnership, we aim to maintain a level playing field for all athletes and uphold the values of integrity, “ stated a representative from ADAK. “We are now implementing anti-doping education programs in all Betika Na Community marathons and road races, conducting doping tests, investigating possible doping violations, and enforcing sanctions against athletes found guilty of doping offenses.”

Betika remains steadfast in its mission to empower communities through sports and entertainment, reaffirming its dedication to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of excellence across Kenya.

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