Well-wishers raise money for Kenyan athletes who missed out on the US marathon after taking wrong direction.

A Kenyan athletes who won a marathon in the United States but faulted and moved off their track have finally being compensated after they missed out on the cash prize.

Kenyan runners Elijah Mwangangi Saolo and Luke Kibet Were far ahead of Pence Midway through the race when they spotted a race volunteer bicyclist who accidentally led them in the wrong direction.

The pair followed the cyclist, who instead of turning in the direction of the paths, biked straight ahead.

Pence, 28, finished with a personal best of two hours, 15 minutes and six seconds to pocket the first place prize of Sh331,350. Kenyan athletes were awarded Ksh 221,000 each after a wide consultation with the organizers of the event.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions that saw a number of race in the US suspended, hence, affecting Mwangangi financial status, he started an online fund drive and this saw well-wishers contribute Ksh 613,717 which was past the prize money he was given during the race.

Mwangangi is currently in the US on a tourist Visa, and he hopes to participate in another marathon before he finally comes back.

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    Written by Pauline Nabwire

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