NAIROBI, October 1 – Organisers of the 10th Madoka Half Marathon are targeting over 1000 participants for the October 17 annual race in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County.
Founder and retired Major, Marsden Madoka, announced the event will feature 51 international runners who are expected to compete in the main 21Km races, 10Km road race in addition to the old age category where men above 45 years will run 8Km while women aged over 35 will tackle 6km.
The former Cabinet Minister who was speaking on Thursday when launching the event at Athletics Kenya’s (AK) Riadha House headquarters; outlined the main objective of the event is to produce a world beater from the larger Coast region.
“The terrain in Taita is just the same with Rift Valley where most of the top athletes come from so I don’t see why we can’t produce our own. Our main aim is to unearth talent in the region.
“Doping control is a must. After the event; we will give the prize money to AK until test results are out before winners are paid. I would like to urge AK to follow up on the whereabouts of identified athletes. They need to equip them with running gear,” Madoka underscored.
Winners in the 21km race will pocket Sh200,000 (USD 1,918.46), runner-ups will take home Sh100, 000 (USD 959.233) while third finisher receives Sh50, 000 (479.616).
Local top athletes will also be rewarded with Sh20,000 each (USD191.699) going to the first male and female runner.
Justus Kangongo and Eunice Kioko are last year’s men and women winners respectively while two-time world marathon champion, Abel Kirui and world’s 5000m silver medallist, Caleb Mwangangi are past champions.
The event was founded to benefit Taita Taveta communities and their children in education and sports.