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Friday, 29 Sep 2017 11:08 EATtkimani@kenyafreepress.com
Commonwealth Silver Medalist, Irene Mogoka is expected to be among the 500 athletes at the 8th edition of the Safaricom Kisii Half Marathon set for this Friday, September 29th 2017 at Gusii Stadium.
She is expected to have tough competition in the women's race with experienced marathoner, Philes Ongori, 2015 winner Grace Momanyi, and Mumbai Marathon champion Bornes Jepkurui also in the exciting line-up.
"Since the launch of Safaricom Athletics Series in 2013, we have seen tremendous growth in our Kenyan athletes. We are glad to see last year's champion Patrick Kipng'eno back to defend his title in what is expected to be an exciting race," said Sylvia Mulinge, Director –Consumer Business Unit, Safaricom.
Mully Half Marathon winner, Sammy Nyokaye who has been training for the race at Mochenwa Athletics Camp in Nyamira is also expected to take part in the men's race.
Preparations for the race are at an advanced stage under the Local Organizing committee chaired by Olympic gold medalist, Charles Asati.
"The course remains the same and we have surveyed it to make sure it is in good condition. We are also glad that it will give Kisii town residents a chance to cheer the athletes as they run along the streets," said Peter Angwenyi, Athletics Kenya - Nyanza South Chairman.
Safaricom has provided Sh1 million as sponsorship for the event under the Safaricom Athletics Series banner. The winners from both the men and women races will each walk away with Sh100,000. The first runners up will receive Sh70,000 while third place finishers will each get Sh30,000.
"We are grateful to our partner Safaricom for being with us for the past eight years. Through this partnership we have learnt to appreciate that all parts of Kenya are full of unexploited talent, like Kisii which was previously not been seen as an athletics hotbed," said Mr Angwenyi.
Registration fee to participate in the race is Sh100 with both the start and finish line stationed at Gusii stadium.
Other upcoming races in the Safaricom Athletics Series include: Ndalat Gaa Cross Country, Madoka Half Marathon, Imenti South Road Race and Kisumu Town Marathon, which will wind up this year's edition in December.