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Stanchart re-opens marathon registration

Runners at last year's Stanchart Nairobi Marathon. PHOTO/File
Runners at last year’s Stanchart Nairobi Marathon. PHOTO/File

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – Runners who missed the registration deadline for the 2016 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon have been given a second chance after organizers announced a one week re-opening of online registration.

 In a statement, Standard Chartered announced that the online registration will be re-opened from Friday, October 7 to Sunday October 16.

“We have been receiving numerous requests since we closed registration last month. Granted that proceeds from the event go towards the Seeing is Believing charity kitty, we are giving Kenyans a second opportunity. Upon the expiry of this period, we shall not accept any further registrations,” Local Organizing Committee Chairman Peter Gitau, said.

The event which marks its 14th anniversary will be held on October 30 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

All registrations this year, individual and corporates are being done online via at a fee of Ksh 2,000.

In a departure from past practice, registration for this year’s edition was launched four months before the event in a move aimed at complying with international standards.

“This has given us enough time to sort out the requisite logistics. We even started issuing running kits this week at our branches. For those unable to collect their kit this week, we shall open a central collection point from October 15 at Nyayo National Stadium,” Gitau added.

Upon registration, participants will be entered into a final draw to select eight lucky winners who will proceed to a fully paid trip to Singapore in December this year to attend the Singapore Marathon. So far about 20,000 participants have registered.

More than Ksh 8 million prize money will be up for grabs in the only IAAF-sanctioned race in the region.

This year the Bank has invested about Ksh 90 million towards sponsorship of the event while another Ksh 80 million worth of sponsorship will be provided in kind by partners.

 The route for all the six race categories remains unchanged.