The Athletics Sports Discipline is headed for a demanding period in its 2017/2018 activity programme that is marked by double periodization for Track and Field athletes.
In the Athletics Kenya National and International Calendar of events released this week, the crowded activities will engage the participants before competing in Continental and Global championships.
The season opens on November 2nd with the introductory Ant-Doping Day Run before the 1st Athletics Kenya Cross-Country starter on Saturday 4th that will take place in Nairobi as well as Baringo Half Marathon on the same day.
The second national cross country build-up will follow on November 11th in Sotik in the South Rift and the annual Tecla Loroupe 10Km Peace Run in the North Rift ending with Kass Marathon on Sunday 12th.
As opposed to the past, the Track and Field activities will run concurringly with the AK Cross country series with the first Meeting scheduled to take place on November 18th at Moi Stadium, Kisumu.
Nyandarua Technical Training Institute is earmarked to host the 3rd Cross Country Weekend Meeting on November 25th while Gusii Stadium will be the venue for the 2nd Track and Field build-up on December 2nd. Iten in the North Rift will organize the 4th Cross-country competitions on 9th of December.
Local highlights will be the National-cum Africa Cross-Country Trial on February 10th at The Uhuru Gardens and Trials for the Commonwealth Games on 8th to 10th March at Nyayo National Stadium.
The competition Calendar will also see the National Trials for the World Under20 in June and National Trial for Confederation of Africa Athletics Senior Championships on 13th and 14th of July.
All local running activities will culminate with national teams representing the country at the International Association of Athletics Federation’s World Indoor in Birmingham, Great Britain on 1st to 3th of March, the 5th African Cross Country Championships slated for Chlef, Algeria on 17th and the IAAF World Half Marathon in Valencia on 24th the same month.
The Commonwealth Games will be coming up from April 8th to 15th in Gold Coast, Australia where the country will send a big squad comprising athletes from other sporting disciplines.
The second part of the Programe will conclude the remaining part of the build-up series with the 5th, 6th and the 7th Weekend Meetings in Bukhungu in Western (27/28 April), Mbaraki at the Coast (4th/5th May) and Green Stadium, Kericho, on 11th and 12th and the trail for Africa Senior Championships on July 13th and 14th.
The Under20 Trials have been fixed on June 12th, 13th and 14th with the IAAF World U20 taking place from 10th to 15th of July in Tampere, Finland.
The 21st Africa Senior Championships will be held from August 1st to 5th in Assaba, Nigeria.
The AK/IAAF Calendar of events 2017/2018 is available here http://www.athleticskenya.or.ke/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Official-AK-Calendar-of-Events-2017-2018.pdf
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