Kenya’s running season is headed for a demanding period with Athletics Kenya Calendar outlining packed activities in 2017 competition spell.
With four major global events dotting the International Association of Athletics Federation’s competition chart, the nation will be once again in the eyes of the world as the country’s brand ambassadors come under pressure to retain their acclaimed running glory.
But the season highlights will be the hosting of the IAAF World Under18 Championships in Nairobi on July 12th to 16th and the IAAF World Championships in London from August 4th to 13th.
This weekend, the Athletics Kenya Cross Country competition series concludes in Kangaru with the 8th leg before the grass-root championships that will culminate with the national trial and selection on February 18th in Nairobi.
The climax of the cross-country competitions will be the IAAF World Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on March 26th where Kenya would be defending the overall trophy.
Before the local cross country ends in Nairobi, the Athletics Kenya Relays series will start occupying the sprints and middle distant athletes with Nairobi and Kisumu hosting the 1st and 2nd build-ups on February 11th and 25th respectively.
Mombasa and Nairobi will stage the 3rd and 4th baton-changing runs on 11th March and 18th before the National trial for the Relay teams at Kasarani on April 1st where the teams will be selected for IAAF World Relays scheduled for April 22nd-23rd in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Track and Field competitions will begin on April 7th and 8th at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University in Bondo and move to Mumias Sports Complex on April 14th and 15th, Thika Stadium on April 28th and 29th and Nakuru on May 5th and 6th.
Kisii and Eldoret will sign off the build-ups on May 12th and 13th and May 19th and 20th before the competition proper is held at national level on July 7 and 8 with the trial selection taking place on July 21st and 22nd.
On June 13th and 14th, the country will be conducting the national trial for the World Under18 in Nairobi to pick the country’s team for the all-inclusive competitions that will be hosted at the same venue from July 12th to 16th.
For those competing in the senior ranks, the IAAF World Championships in London from August 4th to August 13th will be apex of their career as they seek to reclaim the 2015 Beijing brilliancy where Kenya emerged the overall global winner with the highest number of medals.
In between these major championships, the athletes will also be engaged in other equally important competitions both locally and at the universal stage.
On March 5th, the road race runners will be gauging themselves in the 4th edition of First Lady Marathon while University students will have the opportunity to represent the country during the 20th World Universities Cross Country Championships in Monte Cassino, Italy.
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