Athletes set to compete at the inaugural Chepsaita Cross country have been told to be ready for a tough course in the high altitude region.
The race set for December 2nd in Chepsaita, Uasin Gishu County, according to the organizers will be a tough course.
Speaking during the tour of the venue on Monday, they said that the course will have natural obstacles and terrains.
Athletics Kenya Central Rift chairman Abraham Mutai said that the it will be every exciting because of the positioning that has about four counties and the catchment is so good for both athletes in middle and long distance running.
“Considering the altitude is very good for running and the athlete who will be competing is between five years to the seniors with lucrative prize, not all money but seniors will get farm machineries among others,” said Mutai.
The AK’s executive member Barnaba Korir said that the race is one of the opportunities that has given to young athletes in nurturing their talents from the grassroots.
“I walked on this course, and it is the most difficult one that I have come through. It is good for our athletes to come and see to prepare for the world cross country and Olympics. They should come and compete here ahead of the races next year,” insisted Korir.
The race Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Tanui said the December 2nd will be a unique one because it will be very high altitude and one has to understand the terrain very ideal for training.
“This is one of the toughest courses this year that has all the terrains and the world obstacles, with hills and inclines. It is not a trail but a very tough race. We have many schools around expected to compete in large numbers,” said Tanui.