Peter Kirui a pacemaker for former World marathon record holder Patrick Makau will be gunning for the Kakamega Forest Marathon top honours slated for November 25 in Shinyalu.
Kirui who aided Makau as a rabbit to break the world record at the Berlin Marathon in 2011 in a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds is among the 300 Administration Police (AP) officers who are participating in the race.
Defending champion Alpha Malinga from Trans Nzoia has confirmed his intentions of making it two wins in a row after registering for the race.
However, Pauline Mutua will not be defending the women’s title as she is currently training after being recruited as a recruit at the Administration Police Training College (APTC).
The 2015 Valencia (Spain) marathon champion John Nzau coached by Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice President Paul Mutwii will also stand in Malinga’s way by entering into the fray.
The Mombasa International Marathon champion Shelmith Muriuki and last year’s Kakamega Forest Marathon eighth place finisher, the 2014 Awendo 10km winner Lucy Liavoga will be seeking to be the new champion following Mutua’s withdrawal.
This will be the third edition of the marathon dubbed “Ingo Marathon” whose aim is to conserve the Kakamega Forest is targeting over 1000 runners.
The aim of ingomarathon is to sensitize people about not cutting down trees especially those in Kakamega Forest, the only remaining tropical rain forest in Kenya.
According to the Kakamega Forest Heritage Foundation director Felix Lindikira said the event will involve the full marathon, 21km and 15km races.
He said a bicycle race of 70 and 30km for both men and women will curtain race the event on Friday (November 24).
Lindikira said the winner in the full marathon will pocket Sh500,000 while the champion in the 21 km race will run away with Sh150,000.
The registration fee is Sh1000 with so far 800 athletes having registered so far.
Registration can be done through Mpesa payroll number 511072 with the business number being “ingomarathon”.
The event organisers have partnered with Kenya Water Services Trust Fund as title sponsors with a donation of Sh1 million together with Royal Media Services, Kenya Forest Service and Administration Police.
The race starts at Shinyalu market and ends in Ileho