Dr John chumo, Director, Environmental Complaints Tribunal (right) with athletes from Nandi when Mozartbet gave Sh3m towards Nandi Road race yesterday. [Courtesy]

Nandi Road Race yesterday received a financial boost even as organisers urged runners to turn up in large numbers for Saturday’s event.

Betting firm Mozzart and the Communication Authority of Kenya invested Sh3m and Sh1m in the event.

The funds will be channeled towards operational costs and part of it given out as prize money.

Event chairman, Fred Kiptanui, thanked the two organisations for their support and urged local athletes to make the event a big success by registering in large numbers.

“Registration will be free. We understand a large number of budding athletes would find it difficult to raise money if we decided to ask for any entry fee,” said Kiptanui.

He sent a passionate plea to all sports stakeholders in the country to grace the event to be hosted at Kapsabet, a place famous for producing the best talent in the country.

“We are proud to say Nandi has always been at the forefront of producing some of the most celebrated Kenyan athletes from time immemorial. That’s why we saw it appropriate to host this event there to encourage more athletes from the area,” said Kiptanui.

“The event will officially kick off on Saturday when we will be planting trees at Kapsabet Boys High School,” he said. 

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