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New Dates for Eldoret City Marathon

The Race organisers of the Eldoret City Marathon have today announced new dates for the race, which shall be held on June 25, 2023 in Uasin Gishu County, Eldoret.

The two time Boston Marathon champion, Moses Tanui who is also the Eldoret City Marathon Race Director made the announcement and assured participants that last year’s shortcomings have been worked on and promised an exciting race this season.

The dates of the 2023 edition of the Eldoret City Marathon have been slightly changed due to technical delays that caused delay in payment of cash awards for the 2022 Eldoret City Marathon winners.

“Today we announce the new dates for Eldoret City Marathon which has been pushed to 25th June 2023 because of technical issues; we didn’t pay the athletes on time. Our date of the marathon (April 16) we will be planting trees at the Eldoret Sports Club and Kapseret Forest where sponsors will be invited to participate, with our core mission of Climate Action to ensure the athletes have good training environment,” said Tanui.

The race organiser urged athletes who wish to participate in the marathon to register as the registration portal will be open from next week.

The 2022 edition was won by Victor Kipchirchir who defended his title in a time of 2:13.10 ahead of Michael Mutai who came home in second in 2:13.23 with Josephat Bett closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:13.58. In the women’s category, Emily Chebet took the honors in 2:29.57 followed by Shyline Jepkorir in 2:30.13 with Lilian Jelagat finishing in third in 2:30.23.

Pere Jepchirchir to Grace the Great Ethiopian Run

Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir will be the chief guest at the 22nd edition of the Great Ethiopian Run 10km Road Race that will be held on Sunday (20) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The reigning Boston marathon champion will be flagging off the race that was first envisioned by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie, Peter Middlebrook and Abi Masefield in 2000, following Haile’s return from the 2000 Summer Olympics

The former world half marathon record holder will be accompanied by two-time Boston Marathon champion Moses Tanui, who is the organizer of the Eldoret City Marathon.

iin April this year, Eldoret City Marathon and the Great Ethiopian Run signed a partnership to exchange the best practices in race organisation between the two races. The partnership was founded by the two legends, Tanai and Gebrselassie.

The course record for the men’s race is 28:18.61 and was set in 2006 by the 2007 All-Africa Games gold medallist, Deriba Merga while the women record of 31:55 was set in 2019 by World Half Marathon bronze medallist, Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

Victor Kipchirchir wins the Buenos Aires Marathon

Kenya’s Victor Kipchirchir took the top honors at the 37th edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon held on Sunday (18) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Kipchirchir who is the reigning Eldoret City Marathon, led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he crossed the finish line first in 2:07.05 with Edwin Kiptoo coming home a distant second in 2:09.32. Victor Kiplimo closed the podium three finishes in 2:11.41.

Chile’s Hugo Catrileo finished in fourth in a personal best of 2:11.41 with Philemon Kiptanui from Kenya crossing the finish line in fifth place in a time of 2:14.18.

The race course record of 2:05.00 that was set in 2019 by Evans Chebet from Kenya remains standing.



  1. Victor kipchirchir      (KEN) 2:07.05
  2. Edwin Kiptoo             (KEN) 2:09.32
  3. Victor Kiplimo           (KEN) 2:11.41
  4. Hugo Catrileo            (CHI)  2:13.47
  5. Philemon Kiptanui   (KEN) 2:14.18

Nairobi City Marathon, to be the Highest paying Marathon in Africa

The inaugural Nairobi City Marathon (Uhuru Classic) winners will earn the highest prize money on the continent.

The Uhuru Classic Marathon which will be held on May 8, 2022 on the new express highway in Nairobi will pay each winner (Male and Female) more than kshs 6 million as prize money, beating Eldoret City marathon where the winner pockets kshs 3.5 million and the Lagos City Marathon where the winner pockets $30,000.

Athletics Kenya (AK) will be using this marathon to convince inspectors from World Athletics about the country’s readiness to host the 2025 World Championship.

The panel of seven World Athletics officials will be arriving in the country and get to tour and evaluate the infrastructures and logistical preparedness of Nairobi to stage the biennial event.

Victor Kipchirchir defends his Eldoret City Marathon title

Former Valencia marathon champion Victor Kipchirchir defended his title at the 4th edition of the Eldoret City Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Uasin Gishu County, Eldoret.

Rotich pulled away from the lead group and forged ahead on a solo mission for the last 8km creating a gap of 50m from his opponent Michael Mutai as he he forged ahead to cut the tape in a time of 2:13.10 with Mutai coming home in second thirteen seconds later.

Josphat Kikoech Bett closed the podium three finishes in a time of  2:13.58.

Timothy Kosgei and Felix Kiptoo Kirwa  finished in fourth and fifth place in 2:14.34 and 2:14.38 respectively.



  1. Victor Kipchirchir          2:13.10
  2. Michael Mutai                 2:13.23
  3. Josphat Kipkoech Bett   2:13.58
  4. Timothy Kosgei               2:14.34
  5. Felix Kiptoo Kirwa         2:14.38

Emily kipchumba wins the Eldoret City Marathon

Kenya’s Emily Chebet kipchumba took the top honors at the 4th edition of the Eldoret City Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Uasin Gishu County, Eldoret.

The 24 year-old pulled away from the group of five at the 35km mark but Shyline Jepkorir Torotich the 2012 Ravenna marathon champion, stuck with her and they surged ahead together to the 41km mark where Chebet increased her pace to leave the latter gasping for air and cutting the tape in a time of 2:29.58. Torotich was forced to settle in second place in 2:30.13.

Lilian Jelagat closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:30.23.

Emily jepkemoi and Jackline Chelal finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:30.52 and 2:32.21 respectively.



  1. Emily Chebet kipchumba     2:29.58
  2. Shyline Jepkorir Torotich     2:30.13
  3. Lilian Jelagat                           2:30.23
  4. Emily jepkemoi                       2:30.52
  5. Jackline Chelal                        2:32.21

Eldoret City Marathon sets date to pay athletes

The race organizers of the Eldoret City Marathon will finally be rewarding their athletes in two weeks after receiving anti-doping results.

The race director Moses Tanui announced on Friday (8) evening that the delayed payment was because they were awaiting anti-doping results to avoiding paying individuals who have violated the rules of the sport.

With such long wait, winners of Eldoret City Marathon that was held on June 6th 2021 will be awarded on October 22nd, 2021.

He said that the delay to strict fidelity to the race’s anti-doping policy that the race stands for.

“Many people are asking why they delay in giving the prize money for athletes it is because we need clean sports. Eldoret City marathon is taking all the precautions and measures that the athletes that we pay are clean,” explained Tanui.

He added that Eldoret City means clean sports revealing that he knows some athletes failed doping tests and they don’t want to be the ones supporting doping athletes.

“We stand for clean sports and as much as we had some delays, it was good for clean athletes to get their dues,” said former Vienna marathon winner adding that they know their sponsors have been waiting and we shall send invitations and welcome those who will be willing to sponsor next year event, with the date set to be announced on the same prize giving day.

The winners both male and female will receive Kshs 3.5 million. They will from number one to twenty.

Helah Kiprop to battle Ednah Kiplagat at the Boston Marathon

Former World Athletics Championships silver medallist, Helah Kiprop will battle for the top honors at the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on October 11th in Boston, Massachusetts

Kiprop who competed at the virtual Boston marathon last year, has intensified her training in Iten under head coach David Marus.

She will battle for the pole position with the likes off with 2013 World Champion Ednah Kiplagat, Diana Chemtai, Purity Changwony, Caroline Chepkoech and Monica Wanjiru.

“My training is going on well with hopes of earning good results in Boston after a very long time out of competition due to maternity leave,” said Kiprop.

She last competed at the 2018 Tokyo marathon where she finished 5th and she is set to make her return with a bang.

“It has been a while since I competed in a race and this time, I hope I will run well and am strong after three years out of competition but that has not killed my spirit. Am training more to ensure I get good results,” added Kiprop.

The former Tokyo Marathon champion competed at the Eldoret City marathon in June to gauge her form in preparations for the races ahead.

“I competed at the Eldoret City marathon not for the prize but to gauge my speed and form. I decided not to finish and realized I was fit for bigger races,” said Kiprop.

Commenting on her virtual Boston marathon, she said that the race was not that competitive since she ran alone in the virtual relays.

Kiprop was 7th and 4th at the London and Berlin marathon in 2017 and 2013 respectively, which are part of the world marathon majors.

Eldoret City Marathon to become Kenya’s highest paying race

The Eldoret City Marathon set for April 22 will become the country’s most lucrative road race with a combined cash prize of Sh6.5m.

The race, which was launched at the Eldoret Golf Club yesterday, will see winners in both the men and women’s 42km events pocket Sh3m each.

Runner up and third place finishers in both then men and women’s categories will take home Sh1.5m and Sh1million respectively in a cash awards scheme that will trickle to the 1oth finishers.

Race director, Moses Tanui, a former two-time Boston marathon champion, said the event co-sponsored by Uasin Gishu County and Kenya Pipeline is themed ‘Climate Change’.

Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago, said the primary objective is to support environmental conservation through sports as per the theme of the event.

“This is a unique marathon meant to celebrate the success of the county and North Rift athletes and as well place Eldoret City on the global map in regard to organisational capacity to supplement the success of the athletes,” said Mandago.

Tanui said he has been inspired to organise the race going by the number of talents in the region who have lacked a platform to showcase their prowess.

He said such talent has in the past gone to waste due to lack of proper structures and races of high calibre.

“Kenya has a glut of talent than the rest of Africa. To be precise, Uasin Gishu County and especially Eldoret City is home to many winners of big city marathons world wide. Ironically, we do not have a marathon of our own,” he observed.

Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Jack Tuwei expressed optimism that the race will be a huge success and they will make sure it occupies a permanent slot in the AK calendar. “We are going to put this race in our calender of events and there is no doubt in my mind that it is going to be one of the best marathon in country,” he added.

Source: the-star.co.ke