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It was a sigh of relief for Silas Kiprop who broke his leg during the Kakamega Forest marathon held on Saturday in Shinyalu, Kakamega County.

Kiprop picked a thigh injury called femur thigh bone fracture during the race but race organizers took full responsibility of treating him and paying all the medical bills of Kshs 150,000 in a Kakamega based hospital.

At 31 years, Kiprop was on Tuesday discharged from the hospital after a successful treatment where his training mate based in Iten Titus Kipchumba said it was an honour for a race organizer to go an extra mile to ensure the health of the athletes is secured.

“We thank God, and all of you who have played a role in getting treatment. Am also grateful to all Kakamega forest marathon organization, and the Doctors at the Hospital. They have shown us their humanity, God bless them, said Kiprop.

Kipchumba who has spent four days with the patient was also full of praise to the Ingo family for standing with his friend during the most challenging time.

He said that he has seen God’s favour after they were discharged from Hospital without paying a cent.

“I pray to God to bless the Kakamega Forest race organisers for coming through for my friend. They paid all the bills, we have been given enough medicine and money to take us home. God Bless them so much” said Kipchumba.

Race founder George Murila assured that they had to take care of the athlete who did an honour to compete at the race.

He said that at the race, they had two ambulances who rescued Kiprop after the forest injury.

“We got a report of his injury and we had two senior surgeons from Nairobi who came to participate in the race and when they heard about the incident, they offered to check on the injury and concluded that Kiprop had broken his femoral shaft fracture which usually causes immediate severe pain. The two surgeons recommended that he be taken to Hospital for a plate inplant, which happened on time,” said Murila.

“Our tradition since 2015 has been to treat athletes as guests in our homes, we offer places to sleep, food and even buses to ferry those sleeping in Hotels around Kakamega,” he added.

He added that they will always look at every person that comes to their race as a guest and are the only race that feeds and houses athletes before the race.

“Athletes are our guests and we offer bus transport to and from their hotels. Our tradition since 2015 is to treat our athletes as guests in our home. The athlete had come to win the top prize and he wasn’t prepared to treat himself, he did as a favor by coming to compete here. He could have gone elsewhere but chose here, which is a plus for us,” he said.

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