The Baringo Half Marathon in Kenya has partnered with the Great Ethiopian Run in an exchange programme meant to promote road running in the region.
The partnership has been initiated by two fiercest rivals in athletics and legends the Baringo Half Marathon founder Major Paul Tergat and the Great Ethiopian Run initiator Haile Gebrselassie.
To start off the partnership two runners will be selected from the Great Ethiopian Run to participate in the Lotto Baringo Half Marathon slated for November 4th, 2017.
“We are looking to enhance our experience in athletics by exposing our upcoming athletes to the world of competition with our rivals in road and track races through this program. This year, we will be having two Ethiopians participate in the Baringo Half Marathon slated for 4th November, 2017 and equally also two Kenyans participate in the Ethiopian Great Run slated for Sunday 26th November, 2017,” said Tergat.
Tergat who is also the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) President, thanked Lotto Foundation for the partnership through sponsorship that will see revival of the exchange program between Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes.
Lotto gave the event a sponsorship worth Sh5 million up from Sh4 million presented to the organisers by the Lotto Foundation chairman Brian Waluchio during the launch.
The race’s start has been changed from Kabartonjo to Timboiywo and then takes the athletes through sections of the cool Ossen Forests before culminating in Kabarnet town.
The winners of the half marathon in both men’s and women’s categories will each take home Ksh200, 000, while the winner in the 10km will bag Ksh50,000.
The registration fee is Sh500 for the half marathon, Sh300 for 10km while runners intending to run in the 6km race will be required to pay Sh100.
Last year, Fukuoka Half Marathon runner up Edith Chelimo and Isaac Kipkoech emerged winners of the Lotto Foundation Baringo Half Marathon.
The athletes braved the course winding its way through the serene forests undulating around Kabarnet town.
“As the title sponsors Lotto Foundation takes the renewal of this partnership with great pride for it gives us the assurance of continuity and it aligns with our long term plans to continue contributing to the world of sports and community development in the country,” said Waluchio.