World Marathon champion Abel Kirui, reigning Amsterdam marathon champion Lawrence Cherono will be the star guest at the 3rd Ziwa Farmers Marathon that will be held on December 9, in Uasin Gishu County.
The Ziwa Marathon has produced some of the world best runners and the organisers are hopeful that more talent will be noticed and nurtured at this race.
Kirui who is the 2016 Chicago marathon champion said he started from local races before he matured enough to face the rest of the world.
“This is one way of nurturing young athletes at the grass root level. I started my career through such races that enabled me to compete local races where I started running on the track where I finished second at Kipchoge stadium, then went ahead to win Madoka half marathon and Standard Chartered marathon,” said Kirui.
He added that his delight moment will be that 9th day when he will see many young people coming out to compete in the race.
“Am urging young athletes to come out in large numbers to compete at this race. This is one way of nurturing athletes. They should not say that they are not on form but they should go there to gauge their ability,” added former Tokyo marathon winner.
The Amsterdam course record holder, Cherono said, the race which is located in the heart of athletics hub pointed out that the race should grow to half marathon and later marathon to open doors for many runners.
“We kindly request race organizers to factor in marathoners. The race has attracted many athletes and if they include 42km in future, it will be an opener for elite athletes to take part,” said Cherono.
This year the race got a main sponsor MediaMax that will air the race live to a tune of Kshs 12 million which they presented through the Cheque. Home Ground Bakers gave three million with Events marketing Solutions giving Kshs 600, 000.