Sports / Updates
Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 17:40 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
The Kenyan team to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon today received the national flag from Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts Dr Hassan Wario ahead of the premier event this weekend. At a brief flag handover at Sanlam Kenya Headquarters, Dr Wario conveyed a goodwill message for the team while expressing confidence of a win at Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon.
Today marks another step in bringing that pride to our country’s flag. We are pleased to call you Team Kenya and we will be glad to see you go forth and win it is for us too. This opportunities provided by our partners in the private sector are platforms for you to build on the current reputation and recognition as our country holds in track and field. We offer you all our support to go and reaffirm our position," Dr Wario added.
The elite local runners confirmed for the race set for September 17th marathon are Laban Mutai and Duncan Maiyo for the men’s race while Agnes Jepkembpi Kiprop and Doris Chepkwemoi Changeywo will take part in women’s race on the scenic course for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
“We are sure that that our country’s flag will fly high, and that’s why we are rooting for your success as you represent your sons, daughters, relatives and a nation at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Sanlam Kenya is proud to have you in this year’s race so go out and build a name for yourselves," said Sanlam GCEO Mugo Kibati.
The route this year has been modified to make it even faster with the elimination of several turns, thereby giving both local and international athletes the chance to chase record times a personal bests. Pacers, introduced last year, will once again play an integral role in enabling runners to achieve record-breaking times.
The cabinet secretary added that rewards will be presented according to positions where position one will be awarded Sh1 million, position two will be awarded Sh500,000 while position three will get Sh200,000.