Sandra Wekesa @peoplesport11
The route for this year’s Lotto Baringo Half Marathon scheduled for November 18 has been changed.
For the last 15 years, the race has been staged on the traditional Kabartonjo to Kabarnet Road but will now be shifting to a different ground all together.
The race co-ordinator, Simon Chebon said this time round, they will use the Kabarnet-Sacho-Tenges road and will start at Timboiywo, a town that is approximately 18km away from Kabarnet town.
It starts along Sacho-Tenges road, 19km away at Kipng’ochoch forest.
The course, he said, winds through Timboiywo, Kabasis before a short elevation to Borowonin center from where there is a slight sustained 3km drop.
From Kapsoo, the route is again fast as it goes down to Kasoiyo where it connects with Kabarnet- Marigat Rd for a two-kilometre ascend to Kabarnet town.
This, he said, was perhaps one of the hardest parts of the course that will test the athletes’ resolve and in the process separate the pretenders from the real contenders “ This is the defining section,” he added. The rest is a loop in the town centre before finishing at Kabarnet Museum Grounds.
“We have decided to make the changes following advice of the technical team. We have chosen a different route since the one we have been using is currently not tenable for both athletes and spectators. We have been starting from Kabartonjo but this year owing to the state of that course, we have no choice but to change,” said Chebon.