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Stanchat Nairobi Marathon receives Sh40 million boost for event

Sandra Wekesa @peoplesport11

This year’s edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has received a boost with 11 corporate institutions pledging over Sh40 million worth of sponsorship. Standard Chartered, the title sponsor, has invested about Sh100 million towards the event while another Sh40 million will be provided in kind by the co-sponsors.

The partners and co-sponsors include Athletics Kenya, Nairobi County government, IS Solutions, Alpine Coolers, Sanlam Insurance, Safaricom, AUA (CCTV), Avenue Health, Parapet, Subaru Kenya Ecta, Kenafric Diaries, KICC and Nakumatt.

This year has also seen Standard Chartered Bank extend its partnership with AK to sponsor the Nairobi Marathon to 2022. “These contributions make it possible for us to continuously improve the marathon year on year. Being the largest sporting event in Kenya, the Nairobi Marathon plays an important role in profiling our nation,” said Peter Gitau, Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman.

Gitau disclosed that the registration process was going on smoothly and expressed optimism that the organisers will realise the projected 25,000 runners. All registrations are being done online. There will however be a window for to accommodate marathon enthusiasts who would have missed our deadline at a cost of Sh2,500 between November 18 -24.

Last month the Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced that the race date had been moved to November 26 occasioned by the decision of IEBC to reschedule the repeat presidential date to October 26.

The venue was also moved to Railways Club due to ongoing construction works around Nyayo Stadium with the start and finish points for all races being relocated to Railway Club. The six-race categories remain unchanged; 42km male and female, 21km male and female, 10km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km Family Fun Run race and 3km CEO challenge.

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