Top athletes will tomorrow battle out for the second edition of Kaptagat Half marathon in Kaptagat, Uasin gishu County.
Over 1,000 athletes from across the country are expected to participate in the marathon which will be staged under the theme of “Sports for Conservation”.
Three-time World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, who is the race ambassador, have called upon North rift athletes to to take local races seriously if they are ton thrive in international races.
“As an athlete, you have to start from somewhere before competing at the international stage. I started from such races and made it internationally. I urge my fellow athletes to compete in local races,” said the two-time world cross country champion.
He added that Kapgata race will not just be running but running for a course of conserving Kaptagat Forest, a major training ground for many North Rift based runners.
Race director Patrick Birgen, said the race will be reaching out to many locals who wants to run as well as conserve the forest which is too beneficial to them.
“We have to conserve the forest, which provides good training ground for our runners as well as wild animals. If we don’t protect the forest, wild animals will come out and destroy our produce and livestock,” said Birgen.
The race will see runners traverse the two counties of Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin gishu before finishing at strawbag in Uasin gishu county.
Apart from the main race, other categories such as the 5KM corporate run and 5KM fun run have been included.
Cynthia Cherop won the inaguinau race last year in 71:30 while Philimone Rono won the
Last year, winners of the event pocketed Sh150,000 prize money.