The Cross Country running season set in motion this week with the 10th edition of Isaiah F. Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Kids event on Saturday in Nandi County.
The race, launched on Thursday last week in Nairobi, has enticed thousands of participants after the event sponsors and partners pumped in more than Ksh5 million for the championships.
During the launch, the new World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge was named the Race Ambassador for the second time as the cross-country opens the new season.
There will be more than 12 categories with young kids and veterans and elders above 40 years covering different distances ranging from 500m to 10Km with age classification.
Mobile Phone Service Provider Safaricom and Nandi County Government are the top sponsors of the race pioneered by former Athletics Kenya boss the Late Isaiah F. Kiplagat who hailed from the region.
Additional sponsors include Athletics Kenya, Kenya Seed Company, Soft Drink Manufacturer Coca Cola, Amaco Insurance Company, Nike, Kass Fm and National Hospital Insurance Fund among others.
“This year, we are expecting to see more participants competing in different categories including the elite in both men and women. We have Olympics and World Champions joining upcoming athletes to motivate them,” said Kennedy Tanui, the Nandi County Sports Chief Executive Officer and also the Central Rift Athletics Kenya region secretary.
The Ndalat event, to be confined within Ndalat Gaa Girls High School playing grounds, will serve as a starter to many cross country and track prospects as the new sporting calendar begin before major international championships early next year.
Last year during its 9th edition, Nicholas Kipkorir and Sandra Cherono won the senior categories titles which were won by cross country specialists Alice Aprot and Abraham Kiptum in 2016 respectively.
The winners in all the categories will go home with cash prizes, animals and material awards with the first 20 in all the categories being in the reward brackets.
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