The lucrative prize money package has tempted foreigners to travel to Taita and battle for the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon scheduled for October 20 in Ngerenyi.
Eight foreigners including two from Uganda and six Tanzanians have opted to cross the border eyeing the Sh500, 000 winner’s purse at Ngerenyi Farmers Training Centre.
Athletics Kenya (AK) Coast branch chairman Dimmy Kisalu said the prize money is attractive and hence the registration by the foreign athletes intending to wrestle the money from Kenyan runners.
“How many half marathons pay the winners Sh500, 000,” posed Kisalu.
The winners of the 21kilometre race will receive a cash prize of 500, 000 shillings each, with second and third-placed finishers getting 250,000 shillings and 100,000 shillings respectively.
The 13th edition event has received more sponsors on board that are willing to support the management for the success of the upcoming event according to the race founder Marsden Madoka.