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Tweaks to Stanchart Marathon route

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.

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“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.



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    February 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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    No, your daughter’s learning is not what is in question. What I doubt is only
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    are illegal.

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    which have slapped a ban on such research.

    No matter how benighted the statute is, all law-abiding citizens must agree
    that such scientists are illegal scholars.

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    the difference between your daughter as a “legal scholar” and your daughter as a law

    The adjective legal describes things and activities which are permitted by
    the law. And Kenya legalises studies into many more subjects than law.

    That is why — no matter if you specialise in history, biology, mathematics,
    literature or economics — you are a legal scholar because you possess the
    social or political or legal right to pursue one line of knowledge or another or
    several or even all.

    In short, all university dons and all their students are legal scholars. But
    — I reiterate — this does not mean that they are all studying law.

    It means merely that none of their scholarly activities contravenes any of
    our laws. Thus daughter can be described as a legal scholar only to the extent
    that she is law-abiding in his studies.

    Concerning her academic field, however, she is either a student of law or a law scholar. and there is a difference between the two !

  2. Mwangi

    April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Kahii Kogi!

    Thanks for the lessons.
    I quite agree that she is a law scholar. On the other hand, she is also a legal studies scholar I believe.

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    September 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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    September 7, 2012 at 4:54 am

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  5. jamoh

    September 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

    these guys never understand the swahili saying “kizuri cha jiuza, kibaya cha jitembeza”

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