• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017


October 6, 2016

The 2016/2017 Cross-country season will start next weekend with the  annual Ndalat Gaa Kids event at Ndalat Gaa Girls High School in Nandi  County with elite athletics competing.


Olympic 3,000metres steeplechase champion Consenslus Kipruto, three  times 1,500metres World Champion Asbel Kiprop and Africa Senior  5,000metres sensation Margaret Chelimo will be among the star  attraction during the 8th edition of the race taking place on  Saturday.


“This year, the race will see more participant s competing in the 16  different categories including the elite in both men and women.  Kipruto (Consenslus) has always been a regular contestant and will be  the race ambassador,” confirmed Kennedy Tanui, the event competition  secretary and Central Rift region secretary.


With cross-country season beckoning, the Ndalat race will serve as an  opener to many cross country prospects as the new sporting calendar  begin ahead of major global championships next year.


“The event will have the usual cross country classes with senior men  running 10Km, senior women 8Km and the juniors competing in 6 and  8Kilometres. There will be other categories for kids and the elderly,”  added Tanui after the launch of the event at Riadha House on Wednesday  morning.


Kids aged between 7 and 15 years will run in different categories with  distances ranging from 500metres to 4kilometres while women and men  aged between 40 and 56 years and above will be featuring in 2 and  4kilometres respectively.


Last year, new revelation Nicodemus Kipkirui and Kericho-based  Caroline Chepkoech won the elite categories while dominant junior s  Andrew Lorot and Sandrafelis Chebet stole the show in the junior  categories.


During the launching, Athletics Kenya President Maj General Jack Tuwei  welcomed all the sponsors to the event and reiterated the federation’s  commitment in nurturing new athletics talents in the country.


The function was attended by Athletics Kenya Executives, Nandi County  Deputy governor Dominic Biwott, Mosop Member of Parliament and Nandi  women Representative Zipporah Kering.


The event will be sponsored by more than 20 organizations among them  mobile phone service provider Safaricom, Athletics Kenya, The Standard  Media Group, Kenya Seed Company, Amaco Insurance, APA Insurance, Kass  Fm, Kenya Power, I and M Bank and Kenya Cooperative Creameries.


Others are Reale Hospital, National Social Security Fund, National  Hospital Insurance Fun, Nandi County  Government, Kenya Pipeline and  sport apparel manufacturer NIKE among others.


Winners in all the categories will walk home with cash and material  rewards with the first 20 being in the reward brackets.


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