The Philadelphia and Miami half marathon champion Panuel Mkungo will be seeking to equal the record of winning Madoka Half Marathon titles in Ngerenyi, Taita-Taveta County on October 20th.
The coast based athlete will be seeking is seeking to equal the record set by the 2012 World Half Marathon bronze medallist John Mwangangi of winning two races in the high altitude hilly course in Wundanyi.
The event which is organized by Tesia Isanga Organisation (TIO) will fete the winners of the half marathon with Sh500, 000, Sh250,000 for second placed runner as the third placed athlete will bag Sh100, 000.
Speaking at the launch, the race patron and founder Major (Retired) Marsden Madoka, noted that the race has produced world beaters and hinted that plans are under way to put up a high altitude training centre in Taita Taveta.
“This place has similar weather conditions to those in the Rift Valley hence the need to have a training centre in the Coastal region. We have the potential here,” said Madoka, who was accompanied by Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei during the launch.
“Since its inception eleven years ago, this marathon has grown to greater heights attracting many athletes from across the country and the globe. But our main aim is to develop coastal region athletes,” said AK coast branch chairman Dimmy Kisalu.
Isaac Kipkoech and Vienna City Marathon winner Nancy Kiprop won the 12th edition of the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon.
Kipkoech braved the hot weather at the coastal region to take the honours in the men’s race as Kiprop descended on the hilly course in Wundanyi to stop the timer in 1:14:05 for the women’s title.
The event’s key Sponsors are Safaricom Limited (Sh2 million), Kenya Ports Authority (2m, 250,000), Kenya Commercial Bank (Sh500, 000), Brookside Dairy (Sh350, 000), National Hospital Insurance Fund (Sh100, 000) and Taita Taveta County Government.