Fam­ily Bank dou­bles prize money for to­mor­row’s Marathon

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY STAN­LEY MAGUT /

Fam­ily Bank have dou­bled prize money ahead of to­mor­row’s El­doret Half Marathon.

This time round, the win­ners in both cat­e­gories are poised to take home Sh500,000 up from the Sh250,000 win­ning prize in the pre­vi­ous nine edi­tions. Be­ing the only road race in the North Rift at the mo­ment be­fore the Novem­ber’s Baringo Half Marathon, hun­dreds of ath­letes in the area are ex­pected to bat­tle out for the lu­cra­tive prizes.

Ac­cord­ing to Fam­ily Bank head of mar­ket­ing and cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Ca­role Gichuru, over 1000 ath­letes are ex­pected for the race.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to hold this event that has con­tin­ued to pro­vide a plat­form for our young ath­letes to ex­plore their tal­ent,” she said. Gichuru said the race has cat­a­pulted ath­letes’ to the Euro­pean spring races af­ter post­ing good times in the high al­ti­tude re­gion.

“The race is recog­nised world­wide since it has con­formed to Ath­let­ics Kenya stan­dards and many have used the re­sults here to en­ter ma­jor races abroad,” she said.

Olympic marathon cham­pi­ons Eliud Kip­choge (men) and Jemimah Sum­gong (women) will grace the event. Uasin Gishu County AK chair­man Charles Ch­e­sire said course re­sults doc­u­men­ta­tion will start in the 10th edi­tion af­ter the change of the start­ing and fin­ish­ing point.

The race, which used to end at Fam­ily Bank El­doret main branch, will now end at Zion Mall.

“We have bet­tered the course and the fin­ish­ing point will be dif­fer­ent from the pre­vi­ous one. We will now start keep­ing records for the course,” Ch­e­sire said.

Last year’s win­ners Sammy Kip­ku­rui (men) and Caro­line Chep­chirchir (women) will defend their ti­tles.

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Fam­ily Bank head of mar­ket­ing and cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ca­role Gichuru.

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