Double All Africa Games bronze medalist Pauline Korikwang will defend the Family Bank Eldoret Half-Marathon slated for October 7th.
Korikwang who won a gold medal in the World Cross Country championships in 2006 has conformed participation in the 12thedition of the Half-Marathon, themed ‘Champions Run for Autism’, which will be held on in Eldoret town.
The organisers who have rebranded the race to Family Group Eldoret Half-Marathon have adopted a new and more competitive route that is geared to raise more money towards promoting inclusive education.
The new route unveiled will see the 21km men and women race commence at Tendwo High School, Talget and end at Zion Mall while the 5km corporate race will commence at Kao la Amani Church and also culminate at Zion Mall.
The winners of the men’s and women’s 21km race will take home KES 250,000 each while the 1stand 2ndrunners-up will take home KES 150,000 and KES 90,000 respectively.
Registration is currently open online at www.familygroupmarathon.com and through all Family Bank branches countrywide. Registration fee is Kshs 1000 for corporate teams and Kshs 500 for individual runners.
Last year, Korikwang made a comeback in the Eldoret Half Marathon after a four year injury lay off to win the women’s title.
Korikwang led all the way to breast the tape 73 minutes, 8.7 seconds ahead Josephine Jepkoech (74:47.06) as Winny Chepkorir clocked 75:29.06 to finish third.
In the men’s category, Joram Lumbasi, who was second in the 2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon, clocked 63:47 to make it two wins in a row as Isaac Kipkoech came in second in 63:48 while Daniel Kipkosgei finished third in 63:58.
“As Family Bank, we are proud to provide a platform where talent has been discovered, nurtured and gone on to conquer the world. Walking with our sister companies into another decade of Marathon greatness, we look forward to doing more to impact the sports industry as well as touch communities around us,” said Family Bank’s Chief Operations Officer Mr. Godfrey Kamau during the launch event.
The Family Group Eldoret Half Marathon has been sponsored by Family Bank Limited and its sister companies – Kenya Orient Insurance, Kenya Orient Life Assurance, Daykio Plantations and Alpha Africa Asset Managers to a tune of KES 10 million. Other sponsors of this year’s Marathon include AAR Insurance, Radar Security, BrainWave Communications Limited and Maisha Water.