Discovery Kenya Road race will return to Eldoret after four years of long wait. The race will be held on Sunday, 2nd February 2020 with athletes running on Eldoret streets.
The annual 21km that was held in Nyahururu for the last four years has officially returned to Eldoret but it will 10km.
According to race organizer David Letting, the road race is good for athletes to prepare for Olympic games especially in 10,000m to be held in Tokyo, Japan in July.
He added that there was a public demand for the race to return to its owner.
“We had to succumb to public pressure and bring back the race that has nurtured many road runners in this region. We had many athletes competing and that helped to bring many athletes especially in road racing to grow,” said Letting.
Apart from the pressure from the public, Letting said that being an Olympic year, the race will be great to ensure that athletes prepare well for the races.
“As an Olympic year, it will be great for runners, especially those who compete in 10,000m to give them an opportunity for speed word, endurance and gauge their form for the next championships,” added Letting.
The race had moved to Nyahururu to celebrate the late Samuel Wanjiru who was the first Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon title.
The last time the race was held in Eldoret was in 2015.
“This is a good move for runners as Rosa and Associati and Nike will be issuing good prizes for top runners to motivate them ahead of Olympic Games,” added Letting while marking the route for the 29th edition of Discovery Kenya cross country set for this Sunday at Eldoret Sports Club.