All roads athletics roads are leading to Kangaru in Embu for the second leg of Athletics Kenya Cross Country as Kapsabet and Eldoret Towns warms up for the annual Kass Fm marathon this weekend.
The Eastern town will see the cross-country scale another level as the track stars sustain their training momentum ahead of the season promising to herald worthy competitions next year.
Coming a week after the first of the seven series kicked off in Nairobi, the Embu Summit is set to witness a surging number with teams from the disciplined forces taking their training closer to the mountainous region of the country.
Attendance will come from the training bases in Nyahururu and Karatina in Central, Ngong Hills and Ongata Rongai in Kajiado and in Embu where all the cross country trainings are done by national teams ahead of international competitions.
“We shall be starting our cross-country build-ups in Kangaru this weekend and compete in two others Meetings before we prepare for ournational championships. So most of those having the ambition of making it in the cross will have the opportunity,” said a former two-times 5,000metres World Champion, now coaching the Kenya Defence Forces team in Ngong.
Caroline Chepkoech and Dominic Kiptarus won the senior titles during the opening of the series at Postal Playing ground in Nairobi last weekend while Sandra Chebet and Andrew Lorot emerged victories in the junior races.
The weekend will also gather marathoners together in the Central Rift Region as top stars will be scrambling for top prizes during the 9th edition of Kass Fm Marathon on Sunday morning.
Marathon fans will streak along the busy Kapsabet-Eldoret road as they applaud and urge on the runners as they attack the energy-draining course that stretches from Nandi County headquarters and ends in Eldoret town, also the County headquarters of Uasin Gishu, the famed ‘City of Champions’.
“As opposed to the past, this year we are expecting a tough race because of the prevailing El Nino rains. All the same, we expect a successful event on Sunday as participants rush for registration to beat the deadline,” said Benjamin Limo, the Race Director.
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