As Kenyans set to celebrate the Easter with prayers and feast, all athletics roads will be leading to Thika Municipal Stadium for the Second Athletics Kenya Track and Field Build up competitions.
After the National trials for the Relays Teams were reschedule to April 10th at Nyayo Stadium, top runners will make Thika the show-stopper as they amplify preparations for the trials and the IAAF World champion later in the season.
“We are going to celebrate Easter in Thika with our athletes. Many track and field athletes have been waiting for the 2nd Meeting with eagerness. I am sure many would be launching their track campaign there,” said Sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki from Kenya Prisons Service.
The Thika stop comes a week after the build-up competitions started in Bondo in Nyanza North where Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) hosted the opener on Friday and Saturday.
“The Thika weekend Meet will be a good assembly. This is where we are expecting a full house after Bondo where a few participated. Champions from the Police Service, Kenya Defense Forces, Prison Service and from
Training camps must gauge their training in Thika,” advised Cornelius Omanyala, who coaches the General service Unit after taking his charges to the Bondo opener last week.
Apart from athletes from the Disciplined Forces, the Thika show will have advantage of attracting established and budding runners from the training annexes in Ngong, Embu, Karatina, Kiambu, Kinangop and from Nyahururu in Nyandarua County.
Stop stars like Jairus Kipchoge, Nickson Chepseba, Eunice Sum and Margaret Wangare will be the star attraction during the competitions. This will be the second leg after Bondo and three more weekend build up competitions would be following in Nakuru on April 17th and 18th and in Gusii Stadium in Kisii on May 8th and 9th and ends in Eldoret (Central Rift) on May 22nd and 23rd,
Kenya is preparing to select national teams for three global championships this year. The IAAF World Relays is to be held in Nassau, Bahamas on May 2nd and 3rd while the 15th IAAF World championships in Athletics is taking place in Beijing, China from September 22nd to September 30th.
There will be teams also selected for the World Youth Championship (July 15th- 19th) and for the All Africa Games schedule for Brazaville, Congo, from 3rd to 19th in September.
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