Kenyan ready to upstage Guyanese at Rising Stars 5K


Seasoned Kenyan athlete, Godfrey Mbihia, is upbeat of his chances at the third annual Rising Stars Athletic Club 5km Road Race on Monday (May 27).

The 40-year-old was recently at the Sea to Sea Marathon in Tobago where he finished third; it leaves him primed to make another podium finish and possibly the top spot.

“I am happy to be here in Guyana taking parting in the Independence race and I look forward to meeting your top athletes and share my experience, I know I am ageing but once you train well results will come your way.

In sports anything can happen and you believe everyone is strong and can win the race but I always be positive. I am here to win but if someone else is there, let the best win the race.”

The race is brainchild of the Guyana Community of Service (GCOS) and decorated Athletics coach Leslie Blacks stated it is aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle.

In outlining the route, Black stated, “it starts in the National Park, unto Thomas Road then Vlissengen Road, into Carifesta Avenue then to Camp Street, back into Thomas Road then to the finish line at the GTT Band Stand in the National Park.”

Marketing Coordinator of Guybisco, Colin Venture, stated they are most happy to partner with the event since “our company is not just about making profits, but also fulfilling social-corporate responsibility in developing the country’s human resource.”

Close to $800,000 will be awarded in prizes for the different categories, which range from Under-10 to Masters. There is also a raffle worth $500 which has a first place prize of $1M.

Ministry of the Presidency, the Office of the Prime Minister, E-Networks, Brandz Security, BK International and Busta were thanked by the organisers for their support.

Race time is 15:00h and registration can be done on the day.


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