Eldoret City marathon race director Moses Tanui has assured athletes that all prize money is intact.
Tanui, the two time Boston Marathon champion said they had to work together with his chairman Andrew Chelogoi to secure athletes’ pay before engaging in any other activity.
“Athletes are our priority. We need to treat them well. What we did was to secure prize money before anything else. Once we have prize money, the athletes will go home happy,” said the 1992 Olympic Games 10,000 silver medalist.
A total prize money will coast kshs 18,030,000 and last week the organizers received a kshs 15 million from title sponsor Uasin Gishu County, Stanbic Bank donating Kshs 5,000,000, DL company kshs 3,000,000, and Eldowas donated 1,000,000.
“I can say this with authority that the prize money is intact. The only money we are looking for logistical. We have kept in a safe custody for the athletes. The marathon course is ready. Though we have a deficit of kshs 4 million to achieve our target,” added the former Vienna Marathon winner.
At the same time, he said that the course is measured up to standard of IAAF and a world record will be recognized if set.
“We have measured the course to the standard of IAAF or world marathon measures. Our course is standard and if you take a world record we will defend that as a world record for real. We have world measurers that gives all details that entails a marathon. So am proud to say that if one breaks the world record will be recognized,” he said.
He added that the race belongs to athletes where over since over 250 athletes are involved.
“It’s the most paid marathon in Africa. We want to rate ourselves with the rest of the marathons in the world. We want to make one of the international marathon and that will invite athlete all over the world, this year we expect athletes from outside country.” Said Tanui adding that the race can compare ourselves with small European marathons.