NAIROBI, Kenya, September 8- Minor alterations have been made to the route for next month’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.
Race director John Velzian told Capital Sport on Wednesday that the move is in line to raising the standard of the marathon as well as avoiding a clash between the different race categories.
“The minor changes have come about because of the increased numbers that we are anticipating. What we are trying to do is to move one race from moving through another,” said Velzian.
“Fortunately for the first time we have a six lane highway (Mombasa Road) which has three lanes on either side, so we can dedicate one lane to the half marathon, one lane to the full marathon and keep a gap between the two which we call the mechanized vehicles lane,” he added.
Velzian believes that the time has come to introduce an entry cut off time for both the full and half marathons so as to improve the quality of participants.
“The problem with the full and half marathon is that we don’t have an entry time, and people go on to say that they are going to finish the marathon no matter how long it takes, but unfortunately the traffic system in Nairobi will not allow that” said the veteran athletics administrator.
This year’s route will see the participants start at Nyayo National Stadium, tackle Uhuru Highway and turn at the University Way roundabout into Kenyatta, Harambee and Haile Sellasie Avenues then back to Mombasa Road where participants will experience the changes for the first time.
The marathon will take place on October 31 and will start and end at Nyayo National Stadium.
Last year, Moses Kigen set a course record of 2:10.12 to win the men’s race while in the women’s race Irene Jerotich become the first athlete in the event’s history to win the marathon for the second time.
“Every edition of the Nairobi Marathon for us is an experience that we look forward to. This year as usual, we promise all participants a well organized event that will meet their expectations be they professional athletes, health conscious runners or runners just out to have fun,” said Stanchart CEO Richard Etemesi.
All proceeds from the marathon go towards the Seeing is Believing charity aimed at eradicating avoidable blindness.