Sports CS Amina Mohamed embraces Purity Jebichii after winning the 21.1 km Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2019 at Nyayo National Stadium on October 27, 2019. Jebichii won the race with a time of 2:30.34. [Stafford Ondego, The Standard]

The Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon is back after its cancellation in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During the Stanchart Marathon launch at Nairobi Arboretum on Thursday, July 1, the Local Organising Committee invited Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to grace the event.

The SCB Kenya team pointed out that all protocols will strictly be adhered to amid the pandemic.

“The SCB adhered has incorporated personnel from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Sports as part of their Local Organizing Committee ahead of the event,” said Standard Chartered Bank CEO and Chairman of the Marathon Local Organising Committee, Peter Gitau.

Since its inception in 2003, elite Kenyan athletes use it as a springboard to launch their international careers and especially now ahead of the much anticipated Tokyo Olympics.

In 2019, the marathon attracted over 17,000 participants and raised over Sh30 million towards the community investment programme, FutureMakers, which provides youth in need with education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The marathon has hosted over 250,000 runners over the years.

Standard Chartered Bank COO and Chairman of the Marathon Local Organising Committee Peter Gitau had a courtesy call with the Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed (left) on July 1, 2021. [The Standard Sports]

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