Family Bank route changed to end cheating

After changing this year’s name to trying to Family Group Eldoret Half marathon, the race organisers have also changed the route for the 12th-year-old race have changed the route to meet half marathon status.

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The race will now be run from point to point unlike in the past where athletes used to run within Eldoret town, making seven laps with each lap covering 3km.

Richard Metto (C) during the press conference in Eldoret. Photo Sabuni Khwa Sabuni

The change of the route, according to race director Richard Metto is to curb cheating that was witnessed last year due to many loops within the town and reduce town congestion.

Addressing journalists in Eldoret today, Metto said will be a one way starting from Tendwo Secondary school-Ilula-Kapsoya Estate-Moi Girl’s Eldoret and concluding at Zion Mall within Eldoret Central Business District.

“We wanted to decongest the town and curb cheating, hoping the race to be more successful. For us to meet the international standards, we had to change the route and ensure that some athletes are not cheated.  The route has minimal traffic congestion too,” Said Metto.

The former route also cost 2012 Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich who was forced to drop out in 2010.

“I had to drop out of the race because I felt cheated by some athletes popping into the race forcing me to use too much energy,” said the 2013 world marathon champion.

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor attributed his success with the race after launching his career in 2013.

“I ran this race and opened the doors for me in 2013. I finished the race but I was so behind,” said the reigning New York marathon champion.

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