Athletics

Nairobi City Marathon 42KM winner to pocket up to KSH 6.9 Million

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed during the official launch of the Nairobi City Marathon at Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi.

The Marathon is set to be held on 8th May this year.
• The 42 km race winner will get a prize tag of up to KSH 6 Million
•There will also be a 5km fun run although no prize will be awarded for the winners.

The Nairobi City marathon is set to be held on 8th May with a thousands of athletes lining up to experience a feel of the newly constructed Nairobi Express Way in the country’s Capital City

The marathon will not only be felt by the country’s veteran athletes but also junior athletes are called up on to try their luck in one of the highest prized marathon in Africa.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed in a statement called on Kenyans to make the upcoming Nairobi City Marathon a historic event by turning up in their numbers adding that every Kenyan has a role to play in the inaugural road race, which will be run majorly on the newly-constructed Nairobi Expressway.

“I want to call on all of us to come and run in this event. Even if you run for 1km, it is okay. No one will punish you for dropping out midway. You can also come and cheer the athletes who will be running on that day,” Amina said

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed during the official launch of the Nairobi City Marathon at Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi.

The CS went ahead describing the marathon as  the latest evidence of the country’s rich heritage as the land of marathoners.

“The event will enhance our global ranking as a top sporting destination. It gives us an opportunity to showcase the wonders of our infrastructural development, that is the Expressway, and to show the scenic beauty,” the CS said.

She also added that this will be a new platform for identifying new talents.

“With elite athletes participating, we hope the marathon will be perfect platform where new talents are unearthed and world records are broken in the glare of millions of viewers.”

Amina was speaking at the Norfolk Hotel during the official launch of the marathon, set for May 8 in Nairobi.

The official launch was also attended by The Athletics Kenya Boss Jack Tuwei who described the marathon as one-of-a-kind in Africa due to the environmental measures in place and the attractive prize money for winners.

Sports CS Amina Mohamed, AK president Jackson Tuwei,Golazo’s Bob Verbeek ,National Bank’s Peter Kioko ,Marathoners Marathoners Lawrence Cherono and Ruth Chepngetich during the launch of the Nairobi City Marathon
Image: ERICK BARASA

“This marathon is the first one that will make use of air quality sensors to measure air quality during the event. The equipment required for this have already been fixed. Also, with a prize money of $60,000 (KSH.6 million), this is the biggest marathon in Africa,” Tuwei said.

He assured all competitors that the course has been certified as world class and thus any record broken will be recognized by World Athletics.

Marathon Prize

Winners of the 42km race will be awarded Ksh 6 million as all the other top 19 finishers will receive cash prizes.

The top prize for the 21km and 10km race will be $2,500 and $1,500 with the next five finishers in both categories receiving cash prizes.

There will also be a 5km fun run although no prize will be awarded for the winners.

The start and finish line will be at Nyayo Stadium with the full marathon winding through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the CBD and ABC Place in Westlands.

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