Thousands of Kenyans from all walks of life will put their political differences aside and pack the capital city to participant in the annual Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday November 17.
The city streets will be turned into battle zones as the more than 30,000 athletes and athletics fans take part in the event that will be marking the 15th anniversary this year.
Major roads and parts of the highways in the Western part of the city will be closed to traffic to allow the overwhelming participants engage in the running activity, now identical with the Kenya.
The once a year event, earlier planned for October 29th but rescheduled due repeat Presidential election, has also enticed elite athletes including former champions who will be battling with emerging forces, all eyeing victories in different divisions including in the wheel chair races.
The experienced class will renew their rivalry in the main races covering 42, 21 and 10kilometres while families and fans will take to the streets running in the shorter 5Kilometres fun-category in race themed ‘RunForAReason’.
In 42.195Kilometres, Robert Kiplimo Kemboi from Kapsait in Elgeyo Marakwet County and Jane Jelagat Seurei of Nandi are keeping their fingers crossed as they seek to defend the main titles against debutants known for their graving in causing upsets to the established order.
The two unknown runners stole the limelight last year during the 14th anniversary of the money-making event after timing 2:13.27 and 2:34.18 but failed to break the course records that stand at 2:13.25 and 2:29.32 apart.
Kemboi, who is being trained by former marathoner Erick Kimaiyo at the nail-biting chilly weather, will be aiming at breaking the course record after missing the target last year.
“I am anticipating new course record this year. I miss it last year in my second showing in the race. With a quality the line-up and good weather conditions, new times could be realized this year,” said the winner as he camp in Nairobi ahead of the race.
In the 21Kilometres, Reuben Limo and Betty Lombus, both from West Pokot County, will resort to their last year’s winning scripts as they also try to improve their Personal Best that is standing at 1:02.53 and 1:12.20 respectively.
The event, launched in 2002, has continued to live to the status of international standards where new talents have emerged and catapulted their running careers to the global level as well as uniting Kenyans.
Three similar events sponsored by Standard Chartered will also be held in Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong.
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