Sandra Wekesa @PeopleSport11
Over 3,000 athletes are expected to grace the season-opening Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross-Country event at the Ndalat Gaa High School, Nandi County this weekend.
Organising committee member Kennedy Tanui, who is also the Nandi County Sports Executive, said arrangements are complete, save for the final nitty-gritties.
“We have never had less than 3,000 athletes since inception and we are expecting that, being the 19th edition, we will attract even more,” said Tanui.
He added: “However, we are not going to change the course but we have expanded our spectator areas going by the numbers expected for the numerous activities.”
Tanui said that a scheduled two-day medical camp has elicited a lot of interest among residents and coupled with a tarmacked road to the venue, the numbers are expected to soar.
“Initially, people used to negotiate a dusty road to the venue but through the county government and the Mosop Constituency Development Fund, the road has been tarmacked and this will offer an incentive to both athletes and spectators,” said Nandi Governor Stephen Sang.
Tanui urged top runners to use the race as part of their build-up towards the forthcoming track and field season, which will culminate in the World Championships in Doha next year.
“Successful athletes on the cross-country circuit are always better placed when it comes to the track or the roads since these races offer the best endurance training. I want to request all the top runners, in both junior and senior categories to come and experience Ndalat once again,” said Tanui.