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$15,200 up for grabs in XC Nationals

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EMILY-CHEBETNAIROBI, February 12- A total of 15,200 USD (Sh1.29m) is up for grabs during Saturday’s IAAF Permit/AK National Cross Country Championships at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens with winners in the senior men 12km and women 8km races pocketing 2,500 USD (Sh215,625) apiece.

The full amount of the prize monies paid out on the day will also include 14,608.70USD (Ksh1.26m) that will be shared among the KCB/AK National Cross Country Series jackpot winners.

Other top six finishers in the senior races in the Permit competition will take home USD 1,500 (Sh 129,375), USD 1,250 (Sh107,812.50), USD 1,000 (Sh86,250), USD 750 (Sh64,687.50) and USD 600 (Sh51,570) in that order.

Local Organising Committee (LOC) boss for the meet, David Okeyo, confirmed winners will receive their pay apart from, jackpot winners in the junior men and women races whose purse will be converted to school fees or family based projects as the case may apply.

“To abide to the IAAF Permit rules, we will pay top senior runners from positions one to six according to the set guidelines.

“Series sponsors, Kenya Commercial Bank have already provided for jackpot winners from the series and we shall award them as well,” Okeyo, the Athletics Kenya (AK) vice-president in charge of administration and competitions added.

Kenya Prisons star, Fredrick Musyoki, has already wrapped up the men’s senior 12km jackpot with Beatrice Mutai (senior women 8km), Moses Mukono (junior men 8km) and Agnes Chebet (junior women 6km) also in line to receive the Ksh200,000 each for coming on top on points in the six-meet series that concluded on January 4.

The quartet will be in the starting line-up of their respective races to chase a bigger prize purse in the Permit showdown that will see Kenya select its team for the March 15 Africa Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.

Organisers will payout monies to top six finishers in the four races in the domestic jackpot competition.

At the same time, Okeyo announced an observer from IAAF is in the country to oversee how the event will be run.

As part of fulfilling permit obligations, the event will be beamed live by national broadcaster, KBC for a period of at least 30 minutes.

Thus far, 12 foreign athletes from four nations, namely; Ethiopia (two), Eritrea (two), Bahrain (four) and Uganda (four) have been confirmed with additional entries expected.

The KCB/AK National Cross Country Championships is the final event in the 12-meet IAAF Permit circuit for the 2013/14 season that kicked off on November 10 in Spain.

Campo a Través Internacional de Soria (November 10/Spain), X Cross de Atapuerca (November 17/Spain), IRIS Lotto Crosscup Brussels (December 22, Brussels), IAAF Antrim International Cross Country (Antrim, Britain/January 4), 57th Campaccio-International Cross Country (January 6/Italy) and BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross (January 11/Edinburgh) rolled out the Permit programme.

The XXXII Cross Internacional de Italica (January 19/Sevilla, Spain), 82nd Cinque Mulini San Vittore Olona (January 26/Italy), 37th Almond Blossom Cross Country (February 2/Portugal), 49th Chiba International Cross Country Meet (February 9/Japan) and ING Eurocross (February 9/Luxemborg) preceded the closing event in Nairobi.

-AK Communications

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