Uasin gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has said the county government will fuel over 70 buses to ferry people to the highly anticipated National cross country championships at Eldoret sports club on saturday.
More than 5,000 fans are expected to be ferried from various wards in Uasin Gishu County and the neighbouring Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties.
Mandago said that he is liaising with his counterparts: Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo-Marakwet) to ensure that all residents wishing to travel to the venue are ferried from all the wards in the region.
“It will be a battle of titans and it is good you see the athletes at the grounds because this will be a mini Denmark in Eldoret. We call on our people to turn up in large numbers for this historic event,” said Mr Mandago.
Local Organizing Committee chairman Abraham Mutai said that Eldoret Sports Club is expected to be full by noon as many fans wait for the action to start in the afternoon.
“With counties ferrying about 5,000 fans, we are expecting to see about 10,000 people on Saturday because this is the hub of athletics where the champions are made,” said Mutai, who is also the Central Rift Athletics Kenya chairman.
Deputy President William Ruto will be among the thousands expected to grace the occasion, which will be used to select the team that will represent Kenya at the 43rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark next month.
The preparations are in top gear for the championships with organizers keen to make the event as competitive as possible.