Top 20 athletes in the fourth edition of the Eldoret City Marathon were yesterday awarded in a ceremony at the City of Champions, with winners in each category walking away with Sh3.5 million prize money each.
Organisers expressed optimism that the 2023 edition will be better than last year’s race.
Race director Moses Tanui said he was confident that the Eldoret City 42km annual run will live up to its billing as one of the world’s oldest marathons, to be equated with the Boston Marathon in future.
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Last year’s winners Victor Kipchirchir and Emily Chebet Kipchumba in the men’s and women’s categories were among 40 athletes awarded in the ceremony.
Tanui, a two-time Boston Marathon champion thanked sponsors for supporting the annual race and urged them to continue with the event organisers, noting that the bonanza which has electrified Eldoret since 2018.
He said the Eldoret City Marathon is living up to its Climate Action theme, which has seen the planting of one million trees during every event, annually.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii said Eldoret City marathon birthed the Eldoret town arboretum which was greened through the race’s Climate Action theme.
“It has been a difficult year since our last edition, but we are thankful that this has ended and we are now moving on to the next edition. We continue growing the marathon, and this year, we will position it as an international marathon,” Tanui said.
Bii asked athletes to take leading roles in the fight against doping by resisting attempts by malicious individuals introducing them to cheating, with an intention of tainting the country’s image.