Kenya running champions begin march for peace

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NAIROBI: Top Kenyan athletes including former world marathon record holders Wilson Kipsang and Tegla Loroupe set off on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) on a 22-day, 836-kilometer “Walk for Peace” against ethnic violence, organizers said. Cattle rustling and revenge killings between rival communities are common in Kenya’s remote and impoverished northern regions, an area awash with automatic weapons. The walk is being organized by former Commonwealth marathon champion John Kelai, who is marching in memory of three of his uncles killed in cattle raids when he was a teenager. Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie is expected to join the final stages of the walk, due to end on August 6.

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