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Registration for Kabarak Half Marathon to close on Saturday

Last updated 10 months ago | By Ben Ahenda

Athletes during last year's Kabarak Half-Marathon. [File]

All is set for the Kabarak Half Marathon to be run from Mogotio to Kabarak University on September 21, which is aimed at raising funds for the bright needy students in the society.

Organisers expect a big entry before the deadline for registration on Saturday.

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The Race Coordinator James Cheruiyot said so far they have registered a number of top athletes and the turnout is growing by the day.

“Most runners are used to rushing for registration at the eleventh hour. However, the process is still on till this weekend,” Cheruiyot told Standard Sports.

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Like last year, the 21km road race will purely be run on tarmac throughout the route in a race whose patron is Gideon Moi and whose theme is ‘Crossing the Equator to support Needy Students’.

They are targeting to raise Sh12million from a number of sponsors, who include Moi High School Kabarak and have so far injected Sh 1million.

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Kabarak University Enterprises Sh500,000, Rift Valley Technology Farm Sh500,000, Safaricom Limited Sh200,000, Kenol Kobil Sh150,000 and Neat Hygiene Limited Sh100,000.

Others are Egerton Sacco Sh100,000 and Mogotio Plantation Limited Sh125,000 and Nation Media Group Sh125,000 among others who are expected to present their donations this week.

Kabarak University Vice-Chancellor Professor Henry Kiplangat called on his staff to take part in the race.

Defending men champion Abraham Kiptum of Kapsabet and women defending champion Valery Jemeli are among the elite runners expected to take part.

Marathon World record holder Eliud Kipchoge, Mary Keitany and Vivian Cheruiyot are the race’s ambassadors.