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Chicago champ Cherono to grace Baringo Race

Athletes hit the road during the 2018 Baringo 10km Marathon in Kabarnet. PHOTO ERICK BARASA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 – Reigning Chicago Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono will grace the 2019 Baringo 10km Road Race to take place Saturday at the Kapaogo Aarwa along the Tenges-Kabarnet road.

Over 300 athletes are expected to take part in the road race to be flagged off by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) boss, Paul Tergat who alongside Cherono come from the Baringo County.

“We are just finalising on some few things here and there to make the race exciting for the athletes,” said William Tomno, the Athletics Kenya (AK) Baringo County chairman and Local Organizing Committee boss.

The race supported by Geothermal Development Corporation, Sirwo Coffee and the Baringo County Government, is expected to live up to its reputation of newcomers giving defending champions a run for their money.

The race has also become a useful platform for athletes seeking to launch their international career, with past winners having gone ahead to become global stars at international invitational and championship road races.

The four-time New York City Marathon queen Mary Keitany honed her prowess under the same platform some years back. She highlights a galaxy of stars that have also done Kenya proud including Alfred Barakach, the senior men’s 2019 Africa Cross Country champion.

Winners of the 10km race will pocket Sh60,000, Sh40,000 and Sh30,000 respectively for the first three positions in both genders. Others in the top 10 will also get cash prizes. There will also be junior women 4km and junior men 6km races on the programme.

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