The city capital will be teeming with human traffic when more than 30,000 athletes and fans participate in the 14th edition of Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday morning.
Highways and major roads will be closed in the western part of the city to allow the overwhelming number engage in the running activity, now synonymous with the country.
The annual contest will pity former champions against emerging forces where protagonists would be gunning for victories in different divisions including the wheel chair for both men and women.
Elite athletes will compete in the conventional races covering 42, 21 and 10kilometres while families and fans will take to the streets running in the traditional 5Kilometres fan-category.
Joshua Kipkorir and Elizabeth Rumokol resolves to defend the main titles would be facing fearsome task where novices are known to pull a surprise against the established order.
Kipkorir and Rumokol got a windfall last year during the 13th anniversary of the money-spinning event after timing 2:13.25 and 2:29.32 for title wins apart.
Apart from the pair, Shadrack Kiptoo and Georgina Rono as well as Hillary Kiplimo and Chemtai Rionotukei returns on the course to try to better the ranking on the winning scale after finishing second and third respectively.
A possibility of new course records is anticipated this year judging from the quality of the line-up in all the four main categories and the clear-still weather being experienced in the capital this month.
Africa Senior 10,000metres silver medalist Wilfred Kimitei will be trying to dethrone Patrick Kipng’eno in the men 21kilometres after inscribing impressive 28:48 in 10Km.Tthe latter clocked 1:02.4 in winning the half marathon.
Purity Jebichii, Pauline Korikwiang and Lucy Cheruiyot will renew their rivalry in the women challenge where upcoming Pauline Esikon would be bargaining for recognition together with Sheila Chepkirui, the reigning Africa 5,000metres champion.
The event, in it’s 14th edition, has continued to live to the billing where new talents have emerged to propel their running career to international level.
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