Olympic Gold Medalist Kipchoge’s Training Partner Laban Mutai for Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
Kenyan marathoner Laban Mutai a training partner of Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is eying the IAAF Sanlam Cape Town Marathon scheduled for September 17th in the South African city.
Mutai who is the Lubiana (Slovenia) marathon champion has just recovered from a sheen injury and will be running in his tenth career marathon race.
Mutai who trains with Kipchoge in the North Rift town of Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet County is part of a group of Kenyan athletes who are being facilitated by Sanlam Kenya to participate in the 10th edition of the race.
The others are the Brighton (United Kingdom) marathon two times winner Duncan Maiyo and Kigali Peace Marathon champion Ezekiel Tarus.
Others are the 2010 Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medalist and two times Military Games champion Doris Changeiywo and former Reims, Turin, Frankfurt and Prague marathons winner Agnes Jepkemboi Kiprop.
Mutai who missed out on participating in the Prague Marathon in The Czech Republic in May this year, will be aiming for third career win to add on his Lubiana and Linz Marathon (Austria) accolades.
After winning the Kigali Marathon in May, Tarus will be traveling outside to participate in his second ever race outside the country hoping to catch the eyes of race organisers abroad.
“I am very happy to have been afforded this opportunity by the sponsors whereby I will make good use of the race as a launching pad of my marathon career abroad. I hope that I will be spotted to be able to get invites for races in Europe and all over the world,” he said.
During the flagging off the of the athletes, Sports Minister Dr Hasan Wario pledged that the government will reward Sh1 million to the winner, Sh500, 000 to the runners up and Sh250, 000 to the third place runner from among the Kenyan athletes participating in the 2017 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
“Sanlam Kenya is proud to have you in this year’s race, so go out and build a name for yourselves as you hoist Kenya’s flag high,” noted Sanlam Kenya Ceo, Mugo Kibati.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon.
It is managed by a partnership between WPA, the City of Cape Town and ASEM Running and is endorsed by two of South Africa’s sporting greats, the 1994 World Half Marathon champion Elana Meyer and former South Africa national rugby team (Springbok) captain Francois Pienaar.
The organisers have organized a ‘Captains Challenge’ where the Race ambassador and former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar has challenged former Proteas cricket skipper Graeme Smith to join him in the 42.2km race this year.
And, Smith has accepted together with Zanele Mdodana, former captain of the South African netball team.