Sandra Wekesa @PoepleSports11
This year’s edition of the Lotto Foundation Baringo Half Marathon earlier scheduled for November 4 has been postponed to November 18 in a bid to firm up preparations on the ground.
Event coordinator Simon Chebon says they have embarked on a number of changes including the route, hence the postponement. “We consulted with our sponsors and saw the need to push it back by two more weeks to get everything in place,” he said, adding that the changes were necessary to allow the political temperatures in the country to cool down. Apart from the change of date, the rest of the programme remains the same.
“The athletes have more time to train and deliver even better results on the day,” added Chebon, who also confirmed that two Ethiopian athletes have been invited for this year’s edition as part of their partnership with the Great Ethiopian Run.
Fukuoka Half Marathon runners-up Edith Chelimo (women) and Kericho’s Isaac Kipkoech (men) are among the athletes who have confirmed participation. The two won the women’s and men’s titles last year and will be keen to defend their crowns.
Chelimo will face a stiff challenge from last year’s runners-up Lucy Cheruiyot and Paskalia Chepkorir, placed third while in the men’s category, Kurui Chesang and Sammy Kurui, placed second and third in 2016, will be seeking to topple Kipkoech. Organisers recently received a shot in the arm after Lotto pumped in Sh5m in sponsorship up from the Sh4m they injected into the event last year.