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Elisha Barno wins his second Title at Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

Elisha Kiprop Barno ran away with his second title at the 18th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon that was held on Sunday (31) at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

The 36 year-old made two after winning the 2018 edition and today he beat a strong field to make it two with a time of 2:11.09 which is his fastest time at this race.

Elisha Kiprop expressed his joy at winning saying, “I am very pleased to have participated in this year’s marathon. I commenced training in June and it’s good to see the results of my hard work. I look forward to continuous growth in my athletic journey with hopes to participate in international marathons as well.’’ said Barno

The 2015 Kisumu City marathon winner, Alphonce Kigen came home in second place three seconds later with the 2016 Stanchart Half Marathon ninth place finisher Joshua Kogo wrapping up the first three podium finishes in 2:11.14.

Kennedy Cheserek and Stephen Mungathi finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:11.30 and 2:11.39 respectively.



  1. Elisha Barno             2:11.09
  2. Alphonce Kigen       2:11.11
  3. Joshua Kogo             2:11.14
  4. Kennedy Cheserek   2:11.30
  5. Stephen Mungathi    2:11.39

All set for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon organizing committee has today announced that all is set for the 18th edition to be held on Sunday, 31st October 2021.

As at today, at least 2,500 athletes have confirmed participation in the physical race, with registration now closed for the physical race. The virtual marathon, which targets 13,500 participants, is still open and runs till 31st October 2021.

The race start timings will be as follows:  21Km wheelchair race – 6:50 am21 Km – 7:00am42kms – 7:15amcorporate relay – 7:30am10Km – 8:00am.

The organizing committee also reiterated that Covid-19 protocols will be strictly observed. Participants will be required to have the first or complete dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Alternatively, they could be tested 72 hours before the run.

Participants in the physical marathon should send their Covid-19 test results, vaccination certificates or SMS to the event organizers covidprotocols@nairobimarathon.com for approvals. There will also be a prescreening before the race with access to the marathon venue only being granted upon the issuance of a COVID-19 compliance band.

Speaking during the announcement, Peter Gitau, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee commented, “This year, through consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sports, Athletics Kenya and running clubs, we have introduced a hybrid marathon that has both physical and virtual runs.

It has been good to see such great uptake and participation in the virtual run from individuals across the world, truly tying into this year’s theme which is Run as one.  As we look forward to the physical race on Sunday, we would like to assure all participants that every care has been put in place to ensure their safety and comfort.

We thank our runners, partners and community for their continuing support for Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon and we look forward to presenting a great running experience for both our virtual and physical runners across the world. Registration for the virtual run remains open till 31st October and we encourage those who haven’t registered yet to join us as we run for the Futuremakers cause.’’ 

Everyone will be required to wear a mask throughout the event with marshals from Ministry of Health (MOH) stationed to support this. Runners will dispose their masks at the beginning of the race and new ones will be issued at the finishing point. Social distancing will be observed, and only accredited journalists and suppliers will be allowed entry to the venue.

Futuremakers is Standard Chartered’s community initiative that supports women and youth through education, employability and entrepreneurship. Through Futuremakers, over 5,000 girls have been equipped with life skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills and business financing through our Goal program. In addition, over 40 women led businesses have received $200,000 in seed funding in the past 4 years.

The bank has also partnered with Light for The World to reach 3,700 youth focused on building employability capacity among youth with disabilities as well as those without.     

The marathon makes a comeback this year after it was cancelled in 2020 due to unprecedented challenges brought about by COVID-19 and the containment measures required. KES 11.5M prize money has been allocated to go to the top athletes in different race categories.

Registration for the virtual run is still open at www.nairobimarathon.com with all proceeds channeled towards the Futuremakers initiative.

The race starting times has been confirmed as below:



6.50 AM

21KM Wheelchair Race

7.00 AM

21 KM

7.15 AM

42 KM

7.30 AM

Corporate Relay


10 KM

Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon returns

The Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon is back and will be held physically, turning away from the initial virtual race just like last year.

The race organizer Chairman Peter Gitau announced that apart from the physical race, there will also be the virtual one for those who may not be able to run. “Because of Covid-19 protocols, we’re limited to the number of people who can participate in the physical marathons. This is why we have also introduced a virtual one,” Gitau said.

He added that Southern Bypass will be part of the race as well as Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Forest Road. The start and finish points will be at the Carnivore Grounds and will feature different race categories: 10km, 21km, 21km Wheelchair Race, 42km and the 42km Corporate Relay.

Joshua Omukata, Nairobi Traffic Police Commander, said they have designed an elaborate traffic management plan to ensure minimal inconvenience and disruption to road users.

“We have organised traffic diversions to ensure that residents have access to alternative routes during the stipulated marathon hours.

The Southern Bypass users are advised to use alternative routes provided. We request that the public cooperates with our traffic officers deployed along the roads for smooth flow of traffic,” Omukata said.