Preparations for Nairobi City Marathon at an advanced stage

The Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr Amina Mohammed,Principal Secretary Joe Okudo and Athletics Kenya president Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei are leading Kenya’s delegation at this year’s Rotterdam Marathon set to be held on Sunday in the Netherlands.

They are promoting the newly introduced Nairobi City Marathon dubbed ‘ The Uhuru Classic’ which will be held on May 8 at the Nairobi Expressway.

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Amina said the prize purse will match those at major marathons like the London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon and Boston Marathon among others.

“We have always watched our athletes win in some of the world’s major city marathons but it’s now time we watched it happen here in Nairobi,” said Amina.

“It has always been my dream to host a major marathon and by the virtue that our cabinet memo went through it’s my pleasure to see this beautiful country having it’s first ever city marathon,” she further explained.

The only full marathon staged in Nairobi is the Standard Chartered Bank Nairobi Marathon where the men and women’s winners pocket Sh1.5m each.

The finer details of the course will be disclosed during the official launch of the race whose date is still unknown.

“Registration for the event will open immediately online after the event is officially launched in days to come,” said Tuwei.

Apart from the full marathon (42km) there will be three other subsidiary races; half marathon (21km), 10km and 5km.

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