The Eldoret city marathon which was scheduled for this weekend has been moved to October 1. Boston marathon champion Moses Tanui announced on Tuesday in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county.
He said, ”We have a new date and I would like to ask athletes to continue training so that they can be able to battle it out.”
Tanui cited challenges including sponsorship for the event but they have since found a solution.
Eldoret City marathon is a highly anticipated event which involves professional athletes as well athletics enthusiasts from around the world.
The marathon is the highest paying marathon in Africa with both men and women taking home ksh3.5 million. In 2021 the race was ranked by Abbott World Marathon Majors as the only racing event in Kenya that is recognised by the marathon body.
Moses Tanui, a retired athlete having been the 199110,000m world champion is the brain the race. His aspiration was to have a prestigious race in Africa that matches Boston marathon and London marathon. He was also the winner in Vienna 2002 after finishing second and third in the 1999 and 2000 Chicago road race editions.
The said event will also be in partnership with the Great Ethiopian Run in Ethiopia. Two athletes who won the Great Bokoji Run were given the to compete in the Eldoret City marathon.
” We have established a good relationship with Ethiopia and saw it wise to build African races,” Tanui added.’
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