Lotto Invades Sirikwa Fort in Lobo

Lotto Invades Sirikwa Fort in Lobo

Lotto was at the hidden gem located in Kapseret, Eldoret, Lobo Village the venue for the Sirikwa Classic World Cross Country Tour to promote the event held on February 4th, 2023.

Lotto as sponsors joined dignitaries and 10,000 fans who had turned up to cheer and celebrate talent at the World Cross Country Tour.

“We are here at the Sirikwa event which is a historical name to celebrate the history of the region that has produced many world beaters in athletics,” said Lotto Chief Executive Officer Dr Joan Mwaura.

The Sirikwa Classic Cross Country commemorates this tribe, paying homage to the Kalenjin people and their rich cultural heritage that endures to this day.

Kenyan heavyweights competed for titles against opponents from Sweden, Norway, Eritrea, Europe, and America at the venue in Kapseret, between Eldoret Town and the Eldoret International Airport.

Lotto Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Joan Mwaura accompanied by Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice President Paul Mutwii awarding the National Cross-country champion Charles Lokir for winning the Sirikwa Classic in Lobo, Uasin Gishu County on February 4th, 2023

“We are proud to be associated with this great event as its promoters through our sponsorship where it is nurturing, tapping and exposing Kenyan athletes and it will also be used to position Kenya as one of the world’s successful hosts of global championships,” said Dr Mwaura.

Since 2020, the country has hosted the World Under-20 Championships in 2021, as well as the World Under-18 Championships and the Kipkeino Classic Continental Tour gold meeting.

Last year’s inaugural edition was known as the Agnes Tirop Memorial World Cross Country Tour gold meeting, in honor of fallen athlete Agnes Tirop, who was found murdered in her Iten home on October 13, 2021.

Children taking part in the Kid’s 1km race category in the Sirikwa Classic won by Tella Biden (5:09,02), Lotto’s involvement in the event has offered kids a sporting chance into future stars

Sirikwa Classic World Cross Country Prize money

Podium finishers in the senior categories:

  1. Ksh746,700
  2. Ksh 622,250
  3. Ksh497,800

Under-20 categories:

  1. Ksh155,562
  2. Ksh 124,450
  3. Ksh 99,560

Under-18 categories:

  1. Ksh 93,337
  2. Ksh62,225
  3. Ksh49,780

Sirikwa is the captivating tale of a legendary tribe that has all but vanished, yet their legacy still echoes throughout Kenya today. Passed down through the ages, the story tells of a powerful King named Sengwer and his two sons, Sirikwa and Mitia. Sirikwa, the elder son, went on to rule over the Great Rift Valley, from Lake Turkana in the north to Lake Eyas in the south, and from the eastern escarpment to the foot of Mount Elgon. They dominated the region until the rise of the Maasai, and ultimately blended into other tribes.