The County Government of Uasin Gishu has called out for more sponsors to support the Eldoret City Marathon even as organizers aim to make the race an international competition.
The Eldoret City Marathon is a race sponsored by the County Government and offers an opportunity for talent identification.
Through its ‘Climate Action’ theme, the race also promotes collective responsibility in harnessing sport to combat the effects of climate change.
And speaking during the launch count-down to this year’s edition, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno called for more sponsors to join in the bandwagon of making it world-class race.
“When we have more sponsors it means more funds for prize money and better returns for our athletes. It is, therefore, my calling that we all come in to support this race,” said Chemno.
The DG also said that the race has been growing both in financial support as well as the number of participants.
“The race has been growing in each edition. We aim to stage a world-class marathon here back in the headquarters of world athletics.”
Chemno also praised the race as a “pride for Kenyan athletes. “Through this race, athletes who are coming up have had a chance to showcase their abilities to managers who always attend to scout for talents.”
Staged at the mecca of athletics – Eldoret, the Eldoret City Marathon offers an opportunity for budding talents to compete without incurring expenses as flight and accommodation.
William Cano is a retired athlete and managing Editor of Athletismo Global, a sports magazine in Medellìn, Colombia. He says: “Kenya is like a factory that makes world champions.”
“The (Eldoret City) race is one of those good things that Kenya has done to uplift and support its upcoming sportspersons,” Cano tells the writer of this story as he recalls competing against Amos Biwott in 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico.
Biwott, a retired athlete born and bred in Uasin Gishu County’s borderlands, won gold in the water and barrier race in Mexico. Kenya has dominated the middle and distance running since then.
Cano says Biwott finished the race with dry shoes! It means he hopped over the water ditch, a stellar performance that was the highlight of the games.
Moses Tanui, the first man on the grass to run 21km in under an hour (59.47 minutes in Millan, 1993) is the director of Eldoret City Marathon.
This year’s edition of Eldoret City Marathon has been scheduled for April 19, in the streets of Eldoret town.