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Ethiopian challenge for Kass Marathon

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RITA-JEPTOO-2013NAIROBI, Kenya, October 15 – Two Ethiopians have confirmed participation in the seventh Kass International Marathon to be held on November 17 in Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties.

Speaking during the launch on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kass Chief Executive Officer, Julius Lamaon said the event expects over 5000 runners to take part in the event that starts at Kapsabet and ends at Eldoret town.

“We have gone through the route and I can assure athletes it’s in good condition, we are maintaining the same course and as regard to registration it kicked off today (Tuesday) and will close on November 15,” Lamaon said.

According to organizers, two support programs will be introduced next year to sensitise athletes on doping and investment.

“Our mission is always to nurture and develop talent in this region (North Rift).

“We will be introducing two supporting programs to assist athletes, because most of them fall under the age of 35 and face a lot of challenges,” the CEO added.

The event has seen past winners like, New York titleholder Geoffrey Mutai, last weekend’s Chicago women’s winner Rita Jeptoo and David Barmasai Tumo, the 2011 Stanchart Dubai Marathon champ go ahead and claim titles in the international marathons.

This year’s event received a total of USD 135,182.84 (Sh11.5m) from various sponsors.

Since its inception no athlete has ever defended the title where winners of the men and women 42km races will walk away with USD 17,632.54 (Sh1.5m) in each category.

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