The 13th edition of the Eldoret Half Marathon to be held on Sunday, October 6 has attracted an increase in sponsorship to Sh12 Million and an improved purse for the winners.
This year’s race will feature three categories; 21km for both men and women and a 5km family fun race.
The winners of the men’s and women’s 21km will bag Sh350,000 each, an increase of Sh100,000 compared to last year’s prize money. The first and second runners-up will take home Sh250,000 and Sh150,000 respectively, which is also a Sh100,000 increase over last year’s prize money.
“We are honoured to once again partner with Athletics Kenya to deliver a bigger and better 2019 Family Group Eldoret Half Marathon. Our commitment is in recognizing and nurturing talent through athletics and bringing about transformation to our society.
“Through the proceeds of the Marathon, Champions Run for Autism, a cause that we took up in 2016, we have renovated 2 classrooms and accommodated 44 pupils in the Special Needs Programme at Sosiani Primary School,” said Family Group Foundation Manager, Jacqueline Mathaga.
“We hope to attract even more individual and corporate sponsors in this year’s marathon and give an opportunity to children living with autism to access quality education,” she added.
Geoffrey Kamworor will highlight the 13th edition of the Family Group Eldoret Half Marathon in Eldoret town.
Two-time world cross country champion and three-time World Half Marathon champion is optimistic of leading over 3,000 athletes to the annual event even though it collides with the World Championships in Doha.
He said: “I am optimistic about taking part in the marathon because he owes a lot to the event having started there. I call it the mother of my career since I started with this race and will always give it the support it requires. I hope the Doha program will swing in my favour so that I can come back and be involved.”
The winners of the men’s and women’s 21km will bag Sh350,000 each while first and second runners-up will take home Sh250,000 and Sh150,000 respectively. This is an increase of Sh100,000 last year.
Last year, World Half Marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei proved her prowess to win the women title while the men’s honours went to Kelvin Kiptum Cheruiyot.
Registration fee is Sh1000 and it is open until October 5th.