Runners ready for Stanchart marathon

By Dennis Okeyo: Saturday, October 26th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Athletics
Half Marathon competitors make a U-Turn a long Haileselasie round-about during the 15th Edition of the Nairobi Standard Chartered marathon on Sunday, Oct 28, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

It’s all systems go as Nairobi hosts the 17th edition of the Standard Chartered Marathon tomorrow starting at Nyayo Stadium.

Over 18,000 participants are expected to grace this year’s event which will have six categories -- 42km, 21km, 10km and 21km wheelchair race for both men and women respectively. The others are 5km Family Fun Run race and the CEOs race.

The winners of the full marathon will pocket increased prize money of Sh2 million, up from the previous Sh1.5 million while the half marathon champions will walk home with Sh300,000, up from Sh200,000, for both genders.

The 21km wheelchair race winners, on the other hand, will get Sh300,000, up from Sh200,000.

The races will have a new campaign dubbed ‘futuremakers’, a new community initiative aimed at opening opportunities for the next generation. 

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