Safaricom race for Awendo March 13


Published on 14/02/2009

By FeverPitch Correspondent

A 10km road race will be held in the sugarbelt town of Awendo, Rongo District, on March 13.

Athletics Kenya Nyanza South chairman, Peter Angwenyi, said the race, which is part of a three-race tour of southern Nyanza, has been sponsored by mobile telephone provider Safaricom.

“On top of the Gusii Super Series, Safaricom has kindly accepted to sponsor three more races in Awendo, Migori and Isebenia,” Angwenyi told reporters in Kisii yesterday.

“Isebania (on Kenya-Tanzania border) will particularly be significant because of the regional integration going on in East Africa, and also because this will be the first such event in that area despite producing some of the best athletes,” said Angwenyi.

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From Awendo, the next races will be in Migori on April 11 and April 25, both 10km road races.

Angwenyi said athletes like Gideon Ngatunyi and Grace Momanyi, who won last year’s national cross country titles, have been invited. Also invited are world junior steeplechase record holder Ruth Bosibori and Wilfrida Kwamboka Nyansikera, who won Hong Kong Marathon last week.

He said Safaricom, under its Simu Ya Jamii brand, will give out telephones, t-shirts and cash awards to the top six finishers.

Categories for primary school and old couples have been introduced and winners will take home books and domestic items.

He now wants to worker even harder to be included in the squad for the up-coming World Cup qualifiers which kick off in March.

“Safaricom’s races have become popular in this part of the country and we expect a bumper entry in the tour,” said Angwenyi.

He said further details will be released this week.

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