Owning to logistical demands, the Relays competitions that were to take place this weekend at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani this Saturday have been pushed a week ahead as Athletics Kenya concentrate on the 2015 First Lady’s half marathon coming on Sunday March 8.
The First Lady’s marathon, meant to raise funds and create awareness for the Beyond Zero Campaign launched by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in January last year, have received overwhelming number of participants this year.
With only 4 days remaining for the 2nd edition of the now annual event, about 20,000 runners including elite athletes and fans have registered for the Sunday race, an increase from the 15,000 participants that competed last year.
“We are going to have only one event this weekend. We have called off the second leg of the National relays so that we could concentrate on the Marathon. It is not possible to have the two events since we are using the same Technical Officials to officiate,” said Isaac Mwangi, Athletics Kenya Chief Executive.
Apart from the 21 and 10 kilometres for both men and women, the organizers have included wheelchair and tricycle racers this year.
According to the programe, these two categories will provide the curtain raiser as they kick-start the race at 06.30 am.
The first Lady, who is also preparing for London Marathon in April, will participate in the 21Kilometres alongside elite athletes when the race kicks off at 07.00 am. The 10km and 2km fan- run will commence at
07:45 am and 09.00 am respectively.
Registration for event is going on in designated outlets within Nairobi that includes Uchumi Sarit Centre, Uchumi Ngong Hyper, Uchumi Agha Khan Walk, Parklands Sports club and Galleria Mall and closes on Friday Marc 6th.
All races will start off the Nyayo Stadium on Uhuru Highway, moving to the Haile Selaise Round About before turning left to Upper Hill and City Mortuary Round About, then down hill on Mbagathi Way into Langata Road to Makandara.
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