Korir and Kiprop to grace Iten 15km road race

Double Los Angeles marathon champion John Korir and former world marathon silver medalist Helah Kiprop will be among the top athletes that will grace the Sunday’s third edition of the Iten 15km Road Race in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

After finishing 4th at last month’s Boston marathon, Korir said that it is a good idea for race organizers to invite athletes to grace the occasion.

“I will be running but I will be attending as the guest to motivate athletes,” said Korir.

At the same time, a new champion will be crowned at the race in absence of the defending champion Charles Yosei Mneira who is currently training ahead of national championships.

Last year, Yosei won the race in 45:05.6 beating Weldon Kipkirui Lagat and Maxwell Rotich to second and third positions after clocking 45:19.7 and 45:24.9 respectively.

The Sunday race has been designed to test participants’ speed, endurance, and determination, offering a chance for seasoned professionals and newcomers alike to shine in the legendary Iten roads, known across the globe as the “Home of Champions.” 

Kiprop will laso be at the stands to cheer the athletes as they supple the hills of Iten.

Stacy Ndiwa won last year’s race after clocking 51:13.9 followed by Catherine Reline (51:21.2) and Naomi Jebet for third position at 51:25.8.

In recognition of their outstanding performance, the top male and female runners alike will receive a Sh250,000 cash prize, symbolising their dedication and excellence. Second and third place achievers will receive rewards of Sh150,000 and Sh100,000, respectively.  

Participants who narrowly miss clinching a podium spot will receive some acknowledgment, with fourth and fifth place finishers earning a commendable Sh50,000 and Sh40,000, respectively. Adding an extra layer of thrill to the competition, participants finishing between sixth and tenth place in both the men’s and women’s categories will each be awarded KES 20,000, ensuring that every stride counts in this exhilarating event.

Betika Managing Director, Mutua Mutava commented on the race: “At Betika, we believe in empowering athletes and fostering a culture of healthy competition. The Iten 15Km Road Race is not just a race—it’s an opportunity for athletes to push their limits, inspire others, and be rewarded for their dedication and hard work.” 

Winners will only be awarded if they pass the rigorous drug tests conducted after the race by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). Should any anomalies arise, the awards will be passed on to the next deserving athlete, ensuring a level playing field for all participants. 

Registration is currently underway in Iten and Kapsabet.

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