Eldoret City marathon, Lydia Wafula, Hellen Obiri

Wafula to chase Standard Chartered marathon title

Reigning Kilimanjaro marathon champion Lydia Wafula has set her focus to competing at this year’s Standard Chartered marathon set for 27th October.

The former world junior 800m champion said that her focus is to compete at the race as she fully joins the marathon.

The MTN Kampala marathon champion graduated from two-lap race to marathon said she will be competing in the race to build her profile.

“I will competing for the race, looking to finish on the podium. I have been training well for the race, which is one of the most exciting in the country,” said Wafula who made her 42km career in last year’s Eldoret City marathon.

This year’s will be ending at the Nyayo National Stadium with Local Organising Committee saying that the 42km, 21km and 10km races will start long Uhuru Highway opposite Nyayo National Stadium, before trickling back for the finish inside the stadium.

Apart from the 42km, 21km, 10km and relay races, there will also be the 21km wheelchair and the usual 5km family fun race where registration will be done online at Ksh 2,000 as the money earned of about Ksh 40 million being will be used “Seeing is Believing” initiative.

Prize money has been increased from Sh8 million to Sh12 million, where the winners of the 42km races will pocket Sh2 million each up from Sh1.5 million. First and second runners up finishers will get Sh750,000 and Sh500,000 each. Rewards for those romping home in fourth, fifth and sixth places remain at Sh150,000, Sh100,000 and Sh50,000 respectively.

The winners of the 21km and 21km wheelchair races will go home Sh300,000 richer each, up from Sh200,000 last year, but first and second runners remain at Sh 150,000 and Sh 100,000 respectively.

The 10km races winners will get to receive Sh200,000 each up from Sh110,000, while second and third places finishers will get Sh150,000 and Sh100,000 instead of Sh60,000 and Sh30,000 respectively.

The Corporate Challenge Relay Race winning team will pocket Sh150,000 that will go towards charity of their choice.

Additional information: Daily Nation

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