Reigning Standard Chartered marathon champion Celestine Chepchirchir will not be defending her title as she targets to lift the Toronto marathon title on Sunday.
Chepchirchir won the 2017 title timing 2:31.04 and the race will be open as a new champion will be made on 28th August 2018 when the streets of Nairobi will be busy to the annual championships.
The runner will be chasing the title that was last won by Kenyan Flomena Cheyech in 2013 in 2:25.13.
The Nandi based runner finished second during the inaugural Kaptagat Forest half marathon finishing behind Cynthia Cherop who will be making her debut in Marathon on the same course Chepchirchir won last year.
“I have been training well ahead of the Sunday event and I have hope that I will win,” said Chepchirchir before heading for Toronto.
Chepchirchir who started the 2018 in third place at Vienna City marathon with 2:30.39 as her personal best, said she will be looking to improve on her time.
“I will also be looking to improve on my time ahead of big marathons ahead,” added Chepchirchir who finished third at the Paris half marathon.
The road specialist trains with her husband Naaman Serem.