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Preparation for this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon kicks off 

The  Standard Chartered Bank of Kenya CEO, Lamin Manjang  on Tuesday launched the Bank’s Nairobi Marathon set for 28th October this year.

“This year we are targeting to raise sh. 60 million, the proceeds from registration will be channeled to the seeing is believing initiative, which focuses on addressing avoidable blindness among children below 15 years,” said Manjang.

Registration for this year’s standard chartered Nairobi marathon opened today as organizers target to attract 25,000 participants for the annual charity road race.

For the second time the biggest progress in the region will be hosted at Railway club on Sunday October 28, 2018 as the traditional host venue, Nyayo Stadium is still undergoing renovations.

Following the launch, registration will go on till 30th September 2018.

All registrations, individuals and cooperates, will be done online via at a fee of Shs.2000.

Thereafter, participants will collect their running kits from 22nd October 2018 at the kit collection EXPO at KICC grounds.

“We have created a world class event in order to improve a profile of not only Kenyans but also to create an environment where we will have good standards. Our main objectives are to allow local talents to excel as well demonstrate the avoidance of blindness,” he added.

Since the launch of the seeing is Believing Initiative in 2003, the Bank has raised more than sh. 250 million.

Among the Programmes funded so far include screening of 6.2 million people, 170,000 surgical interventions, training over 2,000 health workers and upgrading of more than 10 health facilities around the country.

Manjang disclosed that the Bank will invest close to sh. 100 million in funding this year’s event.

This includes more than sh. 8 million prize money that will be awarded to the various winners in the competitive races.

The marathon will feature six race categories namely;42Km male and female, 21km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km family fun run race and the popular 3km CEO challenge.

Standard Chartered Bank is an international banking group with more than 80,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets.

It offers banking for people and companies, driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

By Binti Mwalimu/Tracey Minyade

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