Philes Ongori and Joseph Koech will defend the annual Safaricom Kisii Half Marathon slated for today.
Other notable names expected are former champion Grace Momanyi, Teresa Omosa and Mully Half Marathon champion Sammy Nyokaye.
“Preparations for this year’s race are in top gear and we are hoping to have a good turn out. This marathon has grown over the years and has given local athletes a platform to discover their talent,” said Peter Angwenyi, Athletics Kenya, South Nyanza chairperson.
The winners will walk away with Sh100,000 each while the first runners up will receive Sh50,000 with third place finishers getting get Sh30,000.
“Over the years, the marathon has produced international athletes like Wesley Ochoro, Ruth Bosibori, Grace Momanyi and Edwin Mokua among others. This is why we take pride in associating ourselves with this marathon and hope to see more athletes being discovered,” said Charles Kare, acting director, Consumer Business, Safaricom.
Over 400 athletes are expected for the event. Safaricom has donated Sh1 million towards sponsorship of the event which is part of this year’s Safaricom Athletics Series.