Former IAAF World marathon silver medalist Emmanuel Mutai and former Lisbon Half marathon champion Bernard Koech will be the star attraction at Sunday’s Kass International marathon.
The race that cuts across two running counties of Nandi and Uasin Gishu, returns after a year with running counties of Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo county governments and some political figures from the region working their way to be recognised by sponsoring athletes to compete in the high altitude marathon.
According to their coach at Global Sports Communication Richard Metto, the two athletes have entered their names for the Sunday show that starts in Nandi County at Kapsabet Boys to Eldoret Sports Club.
“These are the top athletes that for now I am sure they will compete. Though I have others but with these ones I already have their names,” said Metto who also trains world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, two time world marathon champion Abel Kirui, former Olympic Games marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich among others.
Mutai 2007 Amsterdam marathon champion won the 2011 London marathon title with a course record of 2:04.40 on his fourth attempt and he will be facing off with other elite and untested runners as they use the race in preparations for other marathons across the world.
“We are registering many athletes and come Thursday, we would have known the exact number of runners from this camp who will be competing in the race. Apart from the marathon, we also have those who will compete in 10km races and they are so many of them,” added Metto.
Mutai was second finisher at the 2010 London and New York marathon before finishing second at Berlin marathon behind winner Dennis Kimetto who won with the world marathon record of 2:2.57 as Mutai was second timing 2:03.13.
Mutai also won Nice Half marathon, won silver during the 2009 world marathon behind winner Abel Kirui on his first call up for national duties.
Koech on other side was in the 2013 world marathon team that was hosted at the Russia Capital, Moscow.
The former Nice half marathon champion, Koech has had little competitions lately and Kass will put him on the world athletics map again.