Athletics Kenya will roll out the eight Cross Country competition series this weekend with Nairobi County staging the icebreaker on Saturday at the Postal Grounds.
Coming barely a week after the annual Standard Chartered Marathon, the event will bring together both cross-country and track athletes as the stars start a new season focusing on major competitions next year.
Barnabas Korir, Athletics Kenya Nairobi Regional chairman, said all is set with multiple champions confirming their participation in all the four cross country segments.
“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 is done here,” advised Korir, also in charge of Athletics Kenya Youth sub-committee.
Among the high profile runners expected include last year’s winners Dominic Kiptarus (10Km senior men), Caroline Chepkoech (10Km senior women) and all-around Sandra Felis Chebet (6Km junior women) with favourite Andrew Lorot taking leave to write his Form Four Examinations.
Other competitors will be coming from institutions like the Kenya Police Service, Prison Service, the Kenya Defense Forces and training clubs in Ngong, Limuru and Ongata Rongai.
Last month, Ndalat Gaa in Nandi County hosted the annual Kids Cross-country where a record 2,878 participants including pupils and students from schools with multiple Africa front-runner Alice Aprot, less known Abraham Kiptum and Edwin Ng’etich taking the victories in senior women, senior men and junior men races respectively.
Kilgoris in Trans Mara will pick the series from Nairobi on November 12th but the first Premium take-off will be on November 19th at Nyandarua Technical Training Institute in Nyahururu of the Central Region.
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