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Eldoret City Marathon to take place in June under strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols

ATHLETICS By Stephen Rutto | May 6th 2021
Eldoret City Marathon banner on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The Eldoret City Marathon will take place on 6th June 2021. [Christopher Kipsang, The Standard]

Eldoret City Marathon, which was suspended in March in line with COVID-19 guidelines issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta will be staged on June 6.

The local organising committee on Thursday announced the third edition's new date in a press conference in Eldoret town.

Last year, the race was cancelled as a result of restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19..

The race’s main sponsor, Uasin Gishu County government, said the rescheduled marathon will be a world class event.

Governor Jackson Mandago said the race will take place under strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols and asked athletes who had registered before March 26, when sporting events were suspended to prepare for the competition.

Mandago said the 5km fun race will also be staged in the Sunday race.

“The new date will be on June 6. We are inviting all athletes who had earlier registered (for the race) to turn up next month. Registration is still ongoing for those who had not registered,” Mandago said.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago addressing the press at his office in Eldoret on Thursday 6, May 2021. [Christopher Kipsang, The Standard]

Eldoret Marathon race director Moses Tanui said the LOC is ready to stage the race during the new date.

The two-time Boston Marathon winner thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for reviewing the COVID-19 guidelines to allow sporting events to take place.

“We are ready. We have marked the route and our electronic timing system is in place. We are only waiting for the big day,” Tanui said

At least 11 foreign athletes including six Ethiopians had registered for the Eldoret City Marathon by Thursday morning, and are expected to line up in the race, according to organisers.

The Standard Group PLC is the race's media partner.

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