Top Ethiopian athletes have been invited to participate in the second edition of the Nairobi City Marathon slated for this Sunday along the Expressway in Nairobi, Kenya.
The elite runners will be led by the 2021 Taipei Marathon champion, Maseret Yitbarek who comes to this race with a life time best of 2:10.09 that he got last year at the Daegu International Marathon, where he finished in ninth place. The 24 year-old will partner with his compatriots, Desta Tafa and Haile Assefa as they seek to snatch the top honors from the Kenyans.
Kenya will be led by this year’s Seoul Marathon fourth finisher Edwin Kemboi, who holds the fastest time on paper of 2:06.52. Kemboi will lead the Kenyan contingent that will include Simon Kipkosgei of 2:07.07, Robert Kipkemboi 2:07.09 and Joshua Kipsang of 2:08.09.
Speaking to the press today, Athletics Kenya president Lt Gen Rtd Jackson Tuwei who is also the chair of the local organizing committee, revealed that about 9,000 athletes have already registeredsaid and he expects the more to register before the deadline on Saturday midnight.
The race will start and end at the Nyayo Stadium with athletes running along the Expressway which will be closed from midnight on Saturday to Sunday 1:00PM.
Registration fee for Local athletes will be Ksh1, 500 for the 42km race, Ksh1, 200 for half marathon, Ksh1, 000 for 10km and Ksh500 for 6km
International athletes will part with $90 for the 42km race, $60 for the 21km race, $40 for 10km and $20 for 6km race.
The winners in both categories will pocket Ksh 3.5 million with the second pocketing Ksh 2.25 million while the third place runners will take home Ksh 1.5 million.
Victors in the half marathon will pocket Ksh 150,000 while the 10km winners will be awarded Ksh 100,000.
Close to 9000 athletes have registered for the second edition of the Nairobi City Marathon that will be held this Sunday along the Expressway.