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Rita Jeptoo makes her marathon come back at Nairobi City Marathon

Three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Bushenei Jeptoo made her return to running during the inaugural Nairobi City Marathon on Sunday 8th in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The former Chicago marathon champion finished in position six at the marathon dubbed Uhuru Classic in a race won by Agnes Barsosio on the fastest course.

The former queen of marathon returns into action after serving her two year ban by Athletics Kenya way back in 2014 for use of Erythropoietin (EPO), a banned substance by World Anti-Doping (WADA).

Despite her appeal, the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) upheld an appeal from the IAAF against the leniency of the two-year ban given by Athletics Kenya on 26 October 2016 and instead set a four-year ban.

The 41-year-old athlete who was the oldest on the start list of the Uhuru Classic defied all odds as she fought for honors using her vast running experience on the road with her first race since her four-year ban.

The former Paris marathon winner made her return, enjoying her personal best of 2:19.57 she set in the 2013 Chicago marathon with a title.

The 2004 Milano City Marathon champion crossed the line in a time of 2:33.06.

The race was won by Barsosio in a time of 2:24.45 with Shyline Jepkorir Toroitich coming home second in 2:29.04 with Sharon Jemutai Cherop closing the podium in 2:29.37

Agnes Barsosio wins six million at the Nairobi City Marathon

The 2019 Guangzhou Marathon champion, Agnes Barsosio is over six million richer after clinching the inaugural Nairobi City Marathon dubbed “Uhuru Classic that was held on Sunday (8) at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The 39 year-old proved that age is just a number as she trounced the young athletes when she crossed the finish line in a time of 2:24.45.

“the race was tough but I thank God for the win. Am so happy that I have won the first race of Nairobi City Marathon,” said Barsosio.

The 2022 Eldoret City Marathon runners up Shyline Jepkorir Toroitich was forced to settled for second place when she crossed the line in 2:29.04 as the 2011 World marathon bronze medalist in Daegu, Sharon Jemutai Cherop completing the first podium finishes in 2:29.37.

The race was used to launch the newly built Nairobi Express Highway and celebrate the project as a legacy of Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Barsosio took home Ksh Ksh6 million (US Dollars 6000), with Ksh 3.5 million (US dollars  35,000) going to Toroitich while Cherop pocketed a cool  Ksh2.5 million (US dollars 25,000) to make the event the highest paying marathon in Africa.

In the half marathon which is a 21km race, the winner bagged away Ksh250, 000 (US dollars 2,500) while the winner in the 10km race earned Ksh150, 000 (US dollars 1,500).

 

From Belarus, Kimaiyo to Descend on Nairobi’s Express Highway to Chase Uhuru Classic Millions

The Minsk (Belarus) half  marathon and DuRun (Poland) 10K! course record holder Kenya’s Hillary Kiptum Maiyo Kimaiyo, moves from the Polish city’s achievement to add another feather on his cap by going for top honours in the inaugural Nairobi City Marathon dubbed “Uhuru Classic” on Sunday, May 8th, 2022.

 The 28-year-old Kenyan established the course record with his 1:03:00 in 2017, just outside of his 1:02:41 personal best set in Gdynia, Poland, in the same year.

“I want to add another achievement in my marathon career by making history as the first person to win the Nairobi City Marathon . I hope to set the course record in my home country,” said Kimaiyo.

The 2018 Padua (Italy) marathon bronze medalist Ethiopia’s Desta Shume Tafa is among the legion of Africans in the Kenyan capital chasing for glory in Nairobi’s Express Highway.

The 2020 Muscat (Oman) marathon champion Kenya’s Pius Kimani Karanja will be returning to the city where he last performed poorly and try to improve on his disappointing 15th place finish in the Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon  in 2019.

The race will be used to launch the newly built Nairobi Express Highway and celebrate the project as a legacy of Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta.

It will be the most highest paying marathon in Africa and compete against other city marathons in the world where the winner will bag Ksh6 million (US dollars 6000).

The second placed finisher will pocket Ksh 3.5 million (US dollars  35,000) while third athlete gets Ksh2.5 million (US dollars 25,000).

In the half marathon which is a 21km race, the winner will run away with Ksh250, 000 (US dollars 2,500) while the winner in the 10km race will earn Ksh150, 000 (US dollars 1,500).

According to organizers is that 10,000 runners have registered for the race which will have four categories namely marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km fun run.

The marathon will begin at the Nyayo National Stadium then head to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), then back before diverting to streets of Narobi which will cover 9km of the spectator stage where fans will be treated to fun by the athletes which will be outside the Super Highway.

From the Super Highway the race will enter Haile Selassie Avenue then move to the Central Business District (CBD), Moi Avenue, Kencom Bus Stage, City Hall Way, Taifa Road, Harambee Avenue, Parliament Road, Holy Family Basilica, Kimathi Street, Kenyatta Avenue, University Way, Globe Cinema Roundabout, Kipande Road, Ojijo Road, Museum Hill then connect back to the Express Highway.

On the Express Highway, the runners will then proceed to ABC Place in Westlands along Waiyaki Way the return back before exiting the highway at Bunyala Road before finishing the race at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The 21km race will start at the Nyayo National Stadium then head to Ole Sereni along Mombasa Road before heading to ABC Place before returning to the finish Nyayo and will entirely cover the Express Highway.

The 10km race will start at the Nyayo National Stadium the move to Capital Centre along Mombasa Road then go up to Musem Hill before heading to finish at the stadium.

Athletes for the full marathon will assemble at the start line at 7:45am before being  flagged off by President Uhuru Kenyatta at 8am.

The half marathon will start at 7:30 before the 10km  race beginning at 8:30am before the culmination of the day’s races with the 5km fun run at 9.00am.

The roads for the marathon will be closed on Sunday 8th, 2022 at midnight (12.00am) and will be re-opened later in the evening.

The Nairobi Police Traffic Commandant Joshua Omukata said police will be available to enforce the road closures and direct motorists accordingly.

He assured the organisers, athletics officials, runners, guests and fans of adequate security during the event.

Nairobi City Marathon Splashes Money to Become Highest Paying Race in Africa

The Nairobi City Marathon dubbed “Uhuru Classic” will be the highest paying event in Africa.

The winner will run away with US$ 6,000 dollars (Ksh6 million) for the winner of the 42km race with the top 20 earning cash prizes.

In the half marathon (21km), the winner will bag US$ 2,500 dollars (Ksh2.5 million), where the top six will win prize money.

Speaking during the launch of the marathon, Athletics Kenya (AK) Chief (Lt General retired) Jackson Tuwei said the event will be used to officially launch the Nairobi Express Highway and mark president Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy of the road.

He said they are expecting athletes from 120 countries to turn up.

Three categories will be up for grabs including the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and the 10km race and a fun run for recreation.

The marathon will begin at Nyayo stadium, head to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport then move to the City Centre which will be the spectators’ stage before heading to ABC Place in Westlands then back to Nyayo stadium for the finish.

The 21 km race will start at Nyayo Stadium then to Ole Sereni along Mombasa Road then move to ABC Place along Waiyaki Way before going back to the finish at Nyayo stadium.

The marathon will see runners compete 33km of the Express Highway and 9 outside while the half marathon will entirely be run on the express highway.

The 10km will start at the Nyayo National Stadium then head up to Capital Center along Mombasa Road, move to Museum Hill before heading back to the finish at Nyayo stadium.

Tuwei said the route has been certified by World Athletics (WA) and if a world or continental record is broken in any of the races it will be recognized.

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.