Ea­ger run­ners weather the warm con­di­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY WIL­LIAM NJU­GUNA/

Thou­sands of Nairobi res­i­dents weath­ered the warm weather con­di­tions to turn up in large num­bers for the 14th edi­tion of the Stan­dard Char­tered marathon.

Par­tic­i­pants started stream­ing to the Nyayo sta­dium as early as 5am for the event. A to­tal of 21, 500 par­ti­pants had reg­is­tered for the event

Ma­jor city roads were closed the af­fected roads in­clude sec­tions of Mom­basa Road , Uhuru High­way , Up­per Hill, and For­est Road. Within the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict Keny­atta Av­enue and sec­tions of Haile Se­lassie and Univer­sity . Traf­fic was routed to In­dus­trial Area , Jo­goo Road, Land­hies Road, Globe Cin­ema Round about , James Gichuru and Mba­gathi way

The roads that were closed Uhuru High­way , Haile Se­lassie Av­enue, Keny­atta Av­enue, Mom­basa road up to En­ter­prise Road and part of Lan­gata Road.

Se­cu­rity was tight with Traf­fic po­lice­man man­ning ma­jor city in­ter­sec­tions and of­fi­cers drawn from the Gen­eral Ser­vice Unit and Na­tional Youth ser­vice keep­ing an eye on pro­ceed­ings

Prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties that graced that run in­cluded four time Bos­ton marathon cham­pion Cather­ine Ndereba, Nairobi Gover­nor Evans Kidero, US am­bas­sador to Kenya Robert Godec along­side Stan­dard Char­tered Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Lamin Man­jang , For­mer Kenya Rugby Union chair­man Mwangi Muthee,and Kenya Premier League Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Jack Oguda amongst oth­ers.

This years event has raised about kshs 40 mil­lion which will be chan­neled to See­ing is Be­liev­ing . Since the marathon was launched in 2003 more than 150 mil­lion has been raised with 10,000 chil­dren ben­e­fit­ing from cor­rec­tive surgery.

COUR­TESY

Kenyan ath­letes get ready to rum­ble in the Stan­dard Char­tered marathon/

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