NAIROBI, Kenya, June 22 – Paul Tergat has praised the Safaricom Marathon for the way it has improved the lives of local communities.
The former world marathon record holder said that the unique event that takes place at the Lewa Conservancy has proved to be a must attend event for both professional and fun runners.
“I want to say that this is a great initiative. I’ve been part and parcel of it since its inception and I want to assure you that all Kenyan sports men and women would like to see this initiative go on for a long time, said Tergat.
As is customary, Tergat and other elite runners will grace the marathon that has already received its full quota of 1000 entries.
Olympic marathon Champion Samuel Wanjiru, four time Boston marathon winner Robert Cheruiyot, former Rotterdam marathon winner Joshua Chelanga and world marathon champion Catherine Ndereba will be taking part in the race.
Safaricom chief executive Michael Joseph lauded the athletes for their global exploits adding that there feats made upcoming runners want to emulate them.
“Your remarkable performance in various international athletics events is a source of constant inspiration to many runners, especially the young who take part in the Safaricom Marathon,” said Joseph.
“Your valued participation will lend this event a bigger profile while egging on the runners to emulate your exploits while contributing to a worthy cause,” he added.
Runners from 25 countries including United States, Britain, South Africa and Uganda have confirmed their participation in the marathon.
In addition over 40 corporate teams have confirmed their participation in the annual event.
Some of the beneficiaries of the marathon so far are Isiolo District Hospital, The Nanyuki Cottage Hospital, Kenya Red Cross and local schools have benefited from the marathon.