4, 300 professional and amateur athletes register for Ndakaini half marathon
Over 4, 300 athletes have registered to participate in the forthcoming Ndakaini half Marathon to take place on Saturday, 30th September in Muranga County.
Ndakaini half Marathon is an annual event that attracts local and international athletes and is geared towards conserving the Ndakaini dam which supplies over 80 percent of Nairobi with water.
“We have 150 elite athletes that have confirmed to participate on Saturday in an event that will also attract more than 10, 000 spectators,” Old Mutual Managing Director MD James Wambugu said.
Briefing the press on preparation of this year’s Marathon in Nairobi, Wambugu said the race, which started 14 years ago, has been endorsed by Athletics Kenya and has adopted the international marathon standards.
He explained that in an effort to tackle the doping menace which was currently being faced globally, this year’s marathon will see elite athletes undertake doping tests before and after the race.
“This year’s winners will receive their prize money after the results of the doping tests that will be overseen by Athletics Kenya have been received,” Wambugu said.
He said this year, the prize has been increased to Sh300, 000 from 200, 000 for the winner in the 21 kilometer race for both the men and women. The 2nd and third position winners will receive Sh150, 000 and 105, 000 respectively. Other races are the 10 and five kilometers.
He revealed that both National and County governments have decided to support the Ndakaini half Marathon this year saying Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wairia has promised to award an extra Sh100, 000 for this year’s winners.
“If this year’s winners beat the record set by Patrick Kipngeno of 1.05.27 seconds in men Marathon race and 1.16.08 seconds set by Bridget Kosgey in women marathon race last year, they will also go home with an extra Sh100, 000, ” Wambugu said .
The Ndakaini marathon started in 2004 with 297 runners and now boasts of over 3, 600. This year, the event will be graced by the Ministry of Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu.
By Leonard Wandera