Amref Health Africa runs the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon


 

 

November 5, 2015 – With more runners than ever before, Amref Health Africa participated for the first time since 2010 in the TCS New York City Marathon, the world’s largest and most popular marathon with over 50,000 registrants each year. Amref Health Africa received 13 running slots from the TCS NYC Marathon to run in the race as part of the Official Charity Partner Program, which allows runners to choose a charitable organization to represent. Originally, we were  allotted 10 slots, but strong demand from dedicated runners drove the slot request to an additional three places.

 


(Photo: Amref Health Africa)

 

Amref Health Africa’s team, which included Robert Kelty, Executive Director of Amref Health Africa, dedicated the 26.2 mile run to improving maternal health throughout Africa. The 13-member team was comprised of individuals from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds, all of whom felt a connection to the organization’s mission and vision. Each team member committed to raising funds from their friends, family and network to support the organization’s work, particularly in reducing maternal mortality. Together, the marathon team has raised over $50,000 USD.

 


(Photo: Amref Health Africa)

 

The race took place Sunday, November 1, 2015 with each Team Amref Health Africa member finishing in good time.  Last year’s men’s winner and Amref Health Africa maternal health champion, Wilson Kipsang also ran, as did Mary Keitany, Kenyan marathon champion and Amref Health Africa supporter, who is now the first woman in history to win the TCS NYC Marathon two years in a row. Amref Health Africa staff and friends and family of our runners were also present to cheer on the team.