Stage set for Stanchart marathon


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 28- Registration for Sunday’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon continue to pour in from the region as final preparations get into top gear for the annual event.
National Steering Committee chairman Geoffrey Githinji said on Thursday that he expects the number to rise to the benefit of the Seeing is Believing charity.

“We continue to face the challenge of last minute registrations. As of yesterday (Wednesday) we passed the 14,000 mark and we still have our stuff putting in data that has come through not just from Nairobi but across the region,” said Githinji.

Githinji is confident that the marathon entries will surpass 15,000.

“Thanks to all those runners, we are going to be able to meet our objective of increasing the number of eye surgeries to children,” added Githinji.

The Kenya Police on Thursday released a road closure and traffic diversions schedule on the roads that will be affected during the marathon.

Senior Superintendent Leonard Katana said that most affected roads will be closed between 4 am and 1 pm on Sunday.

“We have made proper arrangements for the convenience of all before, during and after the marathon. While major roads in the city remain closed between 5 am and 1pm on Sunday, we have put in various alternative diversions that will enable all to reach their destinations especially the major installations like the airport and hospitals,” said Katana.

The roads that will remain closed include Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue, Harambee Avenue, Mombasa Road upto Enterprise Road and part of Langata Road.