No one knew if the event would be a success or not. Prior to the event it had rained heavily and the trails had been made worse by horse trainers who frequently use the trails, making the trails very difficult to cycle on. The event was to be held on Sunday so as we were marking the route with Dr. Myra & Aidah who were organizers of the event from H&A Sports, we crossed our fingers and hoped it would not rain at night as we were using chalk dust to mark the trails the participants would follow and at the same time we did not want to inconvenience them by marking in the morning as the event was to start at 8.00 am.
The adults start off
On Sunday which was the day of the event luck was on our side as it had not rained at night. Participants started arriving at 7:30 am and before long all who had confirmed attendance arrived. They were briefed by the project coordinator Mr. Simon Ng’ang’a and the event organizers Dr, Myra and Aidah. Shortly after the race was flagged off and the adults started as they were doing a 30km race they were escorted by the rangers who were to guide them through. After only half a kilometer most of the riders were almost giving up as they were having a hard time maneuvering through the mud, the rangers encouraged them to keep moving assuring them that that was the only section in the forest that was that muddy, hence they agreed to persist and finish the race.
Deep in the forest
The kids followed suit they were doing a 5km race and they experienced the same thing but with lots of encouragement they forced their way through the mud.
The kids at the muddy section
almost giving up
forcing their way through the mud
Once they were all through they were awarded certificates and they promised never to miss such an activity.