The Great Chepsaita cross country patron Farouk Kibet has set his eyes on improving the race to the international level.
The event will be held on December 2nd at the Chepsaita Secondary school in Uasin Gishu County.
Speaking today during the course check, Farouk said that he will be working with Athletics Kenya and the the World Athletics to ensure that they meet the required standards to make the race visible not just in kenya but across the world.
“This is the first edition we are going to host this race but my focus will be to ensure that we meet the international standards. We want to bring the village race to the world,” said farouk.
He said that the race, which is being held in the village should attract international standards and will do everything to ensure that the meet international class.
“Initially, we used to travel to Eldoret to watch athletics but now, people in Eldoret will travel to this village to watch this race. Things are changing very fast,” said Farouk.
At the same time, the organizers have reduced the course with about have reduced the distance to be covered.
On Saturday, the organizers led by Barnaba Korir, race patron Farouk Kibet and Central Rift Athletics Kenya chairman Abraham Mutai, presented a course that will cover 1.77km away from the normal 2km per loop.
“This area’s elevation is higher and we need to ensure that everybody runs well. As we speak, the course is out and it will cover hilly and flat areas,” said Mutai.
The junior women will compete in 4.91km from the usual 6km, junior men, reduced from 8km to 6.48 while senior men and women will cover a distance of 8.05km away from the 10km with the maximum altitude is 2051m while the minimum altitude is 2022m meaning we have an elevation of 29m along the course.
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.