Three important athletics competitions are on the card this weekend with athletes trouping to Mau-Egerton University for the annual Egerton University Cross Country.
Nakuru County also hosts the inter-Universities National Cross Country Championships while Eldoret Towns’ Streets will be converted into competitions trails the 25th Edition of Discovery Kenya Half Marathon on Sunday on morning.
In Mau, former World 5,000metres champion Mercy Cherono, the 2015 Brand Ambassador and three-time 1,500metres World champion Asbel Kiprop (the 2016 Brand Ambassador) will lead a cluster of bigwigs as the sport is used to rehabilitate the Mau Ecosystem and Njoro River.
Also on the starting line will be last year’s champions William Sitonik and Caroline Chepkoech who are members of Silbwet Athletics Club based in the region as the event mark its third edition.
The Saturday event sponsored by Athletics Kenya, Standard Group, Nation Media, Egerton University Alumini Association and Egerton University Sacco Society, Kenya Forest Service, Africa Merchant Assurance Company Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank and Seven other primary sponsors, will have 10 competition segments.
Elite athletes and University students will run 10kilometres and juniors will cover the normal 6 and 8kilometres for girls and boys while Primary school pupils and University Staff will do 4Km during the race themed ‘Run For Mau’ and aimed at creating environmental awareness.
In Eldoret, the Northern part of the Agricultural town, now famously ‘the City of Champions’ will be a no-go zone when more than 500 elite as well as rookies engage in the battle of supremacy.
Coming a week after the 25th edition of Discovery Kenya Cross Country that saw Japan-based Bedan Karoki turn tables on host athletes, the Sunday competitions will not be without surprises as greenhorns fearlessly fighting it out with their mentors in the event sponsored by the silver-haired Gabriele Rosa of the Rosa Associates Kenya Limited.
Daniel Keitany of Elgeyo Marakwet County and Cynthia Limo from the host Country would be taking to the streets alongside 2014 winners Amos Mitei and Peris Chepchirchir in what is hyped to be impressive show in the region this year.
The Discovery Kenya half marathon and the cross country that was held last Sunday is celebrating silver Jubilee anniversary and has played a crucial role in unearthing new running talents.
Beneficiaries of Discovery includes the likes of 4 times Boston marathon great Robert ‘Mwafrica’ Cheruiyot, Martin Lel, Hon Elijah Lagat, Geoffrey Kamworor, Mathew Kisorio ladies Alice Timbilil, Vivian Cheruiyot, Fredah Domongole, Prisca Jeptoo among dozens others.
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