The Seven-tier Cross-country sequences unfold this weekend with the Nairobi Metropolis taking the primary honour of hosting more than 600 athletes at the traditional Posta Grounds on Saturday morning.
The Nairobi assembly will kick-start the official Athletics Kenya Cross Country Calendar after the pre-season that have been hosted by Moi University and University of Eldoret and the annual Ndalat Gaa kids gatherings held last month in Uasin Gishu and Nandi Counties.
As it has become the annual tradition, the Nairobi would be paving way for the subsequent Weekend Meetings that are normally used as build-up for both cross-country competition proper and as training for track and road race races.
George Kariuki, the Nairobi region Athletics Kenya branch Secretary, disclosed that all the preparations and the logistics for the opener have been finalized and expects more than 600 participants as the new season gets underway.
“The Cross-country calendar begins on Saturday at Posta Playing Grounds and we are expecting a good number to turn up like it has been happening in the past. Those training in Ngong, Rongai, Riruta in
Dagoreti and Limuru are welcome plus those from the disciplined forces and other institutions to give the event a high profile,” said the official, who is also the national walk judge and coach.
In keeping with the tradition, the competitors will be chasing points for the final jackpot and consistency in the weekend contests spread across the seven regions will be considered during the team selection.
The Seven Premium cross-country series will move to Kangaru, Meru after Nairobi on November 14th before going to Nyahururu where Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology will host the 3rd Meeting on November 28th.
Nyahururu will be succeeded by Iten in the North Rift Athletics Kenya region on December 4th before Machakos stage the year-ender on 19th December. Kapsokwony, Mt Elgon of the Western Region will host the 6th Premium on January 2nd before Sotik in the South Rift organizes the 7th and last leg on January 9th at the G.K Prisons Grounds.
The peak of the local cross country competitions will the International Association of Athletics Federation sanctioned Permit-cum National Championships that will take place at the Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens on February 13th next year.
During the national championships, the national federation will choose the contingent that will go into residential training in Embu before going to represent the country in the 4th African Cross-country Championships on March 12th in Yaoundé, Cameron.
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