Alpha Malinga will be on the starting line up to defend his title at this year’s Kakamega Forest Marathon set for this Saturday in Kakamega County.
Malinga won last year’s 42km race and come Saturday he will be representing the people of Trans Nzoia in the third edition of the race that it’s aim is to conserve the natural Kakamega Forest popularly called Ingo Marathon.
But it will not be all rosy for Malinga following the entry of 2015 Valencia marathon champion John Nzau and Peter Kirui who all paced for Patrick Makau as a rabbit into breaking the World marathon record in 2011 at Berlin marathon.
According to the Kakamega Forest Heritage Foundation director Felix Lindikira said the event will involve the full marathon, 21km and 15km races.
He said a bicycle race of 70 and 30km for both men and women will curtain race the event on Friday (November 24).
42km winners will pocket KSh500,000 while the champion in the 21 km race will run away with Sh150,000.
The aim of Ingo marathon is to sensitize people about not cutting down trees especially those in Kakamega Forest, the only remaining tropical rain forest in Kenya.
Western Region Athletics Kenya chairman Francis Afundi said all is set for the marathon.
“We have done what is needed for the race to happen and come Saturday everything shall be well,” said Afundi.
He added that the race will start Shinyalu cross past Tapsomoi on Nandi-Kakamega border, Mukuru, and finish in Ileho.