The 19th Standard Chartered Marathon race will be held at Uhuru Gardens along Langáta Road in Nairobi on October 30.
Yesterday, the management of the Standard Chartered Marathon and Athletics Kenya along with sponsors kicked off the race at Nairobi Aboretum where over 25,000 athletes are expected.
“The marathon will take place on the southern bypass road. We are targeting 15,000 athletes for the physical race and another 10,000 for the virtual race,” said Peter Gitau, the marathon’s chairman.
The figures targeted this season are higher than those who took part in the competition of the last edition.
“Last year we had 5,600 athletes who participated in the virtual race and 2,500 in the physical race due to the strict covid-19 restrictions.
“We are happy to increase the numbers this season to accommodate more athletes,” said Gitau.
Registration for the contest will be done until October 16th.
Gitau said they would work with the Kenya Anti-Doping Agency (Adak) and Athletics Kenya (AK) to ensure that real athletes win races and are rewarded.
AK President Jackson Tuwei said the federation will provide technical support.
“The southern bypass road is a great place to hold the race as there is little traffic,” Tuwei said.
Tuwei praised the marathon organizers for staying consistent for many years. “The Kisumu and Mombasa Marathons have been discontinued, but the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has been around since its inception.
“The race has set the tone for other 42km competitions like the Eldoret City Marathon, which will enter its fifth edition next year,” said Tuwei.
Tuwei said AK’s MoU with Stanchart Marathon has been improved over time to make the race more exciting.
“AK is the first federation in the world to sign an agreement with World Athletics to promote environmental conservation, which is one of the key pillars of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon champions.
“We are happy to read on the same page,” Tuwei said.
While hailing the marathon for achieving its goals since its inception in 2003, Assistant Commissioner for Sports Jaxon Indakwa said the mission of the race was in line with the goals of the Ministry of Sports.
“The marathon has helped develop grassroots talent, establish other races and give back to society through its Seeing is Believing initiative.
“The race attracted international athletes who helped make Kenya a global tourist destination,” Indakwa said.
Apart from Standard Group PLC who are official media partners, other marathon sponsors include Subaru Kenya, AAR, Dimension Data, Nairobi County Government, Nairobi Aboretum, Tamarind Hotel and others.