Athletics Kenya is rolling out five Cross Country build-up competition series this Saturday in Nairobi where top stars are expected to launch their training ahead of major championships.
The Nairobi Assembly, to be confined within the Postal Grounds West of the capital, has enticed international stars including Sandrafelis Chebet and 1500metres World champion Elijah Manangoi who trains in the adjacent region of Ongata Rongai Plains.
This is coming ahead of a crowded season that will see local athletes juggle with both cross country running and the Track and Field Series that will begin later this month.
Barnabas Korir, Athletics Kenya Nairobi Regional chairman, said all is set for Saturday, adding that the federation is taking it very serious as the event will signal the start of a busy season.
“Those keen to be included in the cross-country team next year will start their build-up in Nairobi on Saturday. It is always advisable to begin in Nairobi since the team selection takes place here,” added the Nairobi Region AK Boss.
The event will have the four main categories where senior men and senior women will run the 10Kilometres class while juniors Under20 will covered the conventional 6Km (women) and 8Km (Junior men).
Among the high profile runners expected, include last year’s winners and seasoned Stephen Arita, Charles Mukono, Andrew Lorot and Dominic Kiptarus who have won in the past.
Other competitors will be coming from institutions like the Kenya Police Service, Kenya Prisons Service, the Kenya Defense Forces and trainings clubs in Ngong, Limuru and Ongata Rongai.
Last month, Ndalat Gaa in Nandi County hosted the annual Kids Cross-country, now Isaiah F. Kiplagat Memorial Cross Country, where a record 3,258 participants including pupils and students from schools
with upcoming Nicholas Kipkorir and Miriam Cherop carrying the day in senior races respectively.
Sotik in Bomet County will pick the series from Nairobi on November 11th followed by Nyandarua Technical Training College on 25th November and Iten on December 9th.
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