The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon organising committee has today held the third and final warm up race in the lead up to this year’s marathon scheduled for 30th October 2022.
The warmup race held in Karura Forest saw runners participate in 5, 10 and 21KM running trails.
The race brought together sponsors and partners of this year’s marathon.
Commenting on this, Peter Gitau, Chairman, Local Organising Committee said, “This is a special warm up race for it celebrates our partners and sponsors.
This marathon has attracted over 250,000 participants over the last 18 editions to become the largest single-day sporting event in Kenya.
We owe this success to collaboration.” Some of the partners represented at the event included Nairobi County; Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage; Coca Cola; Kenya Breweries; Magical Kenya; Prudential Assurance amongst others.
Since its first edition in 2003, the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has grown tremendously earning recognition from World Athletics and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
The marathon has attracted participation by local and international athletes in different race categories with prizes of up to KES1M being awarded to the winners.
In 2021, the marathon successfully launched the first hybrid marathon attracting over 5,800 virtual participants from 61 countries and 2,500 elite runners participating in the physical marathon.
The 19th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon will be hosted on the last week of October 2022 and will consist of both a virtual and a physical marathon.
Virtual participants can run from wherever they are from 23rd October 2022 to 30th October 2022
All marathon proceeds go towards the FutureMakers Initiative. The initiative helps disadvantaged young people – especially girls and the visually impaired – to gain new skills and expertise to improve their chances of getting a job or starting their own business. The marathon aims to raise over KES 6 billion by 2023 to tackle inequality and promote economic inclusion for our younger generation
In addition to the warmup races, Standard Chartered is hosting a series of training sessions to better equip runners with tools for running. The training sessions, which incorporate PWDs, include sessions on effective training practices and racing techniques.
Speaking on this, Peter Gitau, Chairman, Local Organising Committee said, ‘’ We appreciate those who have registered for the marathon so far and cheer you on to keep running and training for the big day.
For those who are yet to make the commitment, we encourage and challenge you to sign up and join us for this year’s marathon edition. We look forward to hosting you on the 30th of October 2022.’’ He concluded.