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Sotokoto Half Marathon back after two years

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Douglas Wakiihuri (right) with event coordinator @george Kariuki during the launch of the 2016 Sotokoto Half Marathon.

Douglas Wakiihuri (right) with event coordinator @George Kariuki during the launch of the 2016 Sotokoto Half Marathon. PHOTO/Fred Maingi

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 23 – After a two year break, the Sotokoto Half Marathon is back with this year’s event set for July 3 at its traditional venue Uhuru Gardens.

Organisers have changed the course of the event that is expected to attract over1, 200 participants.

The event that is anticipated to attract foreign runners has prize money of Sh1, 060,000 to be shared among winners in various categories.

Speaking during the launch, tournament organizer Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenya’s first world marathon champion, disclosed that this year’s event will involve the 21 km which is open for the elite athletes, 21Km wheelchair, 5km for children and the Masters race.

Registration will be going for Sh1000 and according to George Kariuki, who is one of the coordinators; this year’s route was changed to avoid the busy Mombasa road.

The event will be flagged off at Uhuru Gardens with athletes taking through Bomas of

Kenya, Southern Bypass, Ngong Road, through KWS and back to the starting point at Uhuru Gardens.

‘We expect a good turn out where previous winners like Geoffrey Mutai, Geoffrey Tarus and Philis Ongori will be in action. Registration closes on June 30, 2016. I wish to thank our partners for their support and we look forward for a great and historic event. We apologise for the two years break but we are now coming back with a bang,” Wakiihuri noted.

This years theme is “The heart of giving” where the proceeds will go towards helping the less fortunate and needy institutions.

The marathon was last held in 2013 with Collins Mengwa taking the men’s honors while Valentine Kipkitor won the women’s race.

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