Sotokoto race gets marathon status

Published on 04/06/2009

By Mutwiri Mutuota

Next year’s Sotokoto Safari Marathon will be a full 42km event after being upgraded from the 21km distance covered in its inaugural edition a fortnight ago.

Athletics Kenya (AK) general secretary, David Okeyo, disclosed the new development at a function where top finishers at various categories at the May 24 event received their prize money yesterday.

“We intend to have a full marathon next year and we have enlisted the support of the Government to make the logistics possible. This year’s event was well organised and unique for using the (Nairobi) national park.”

He called on organisers to start preparing for next year’s event right away to improve on what they achieved at the first event.

Former world marathon champion and race organiser, Douglas Wakiihuri, said Sotokoto Magazine, the title sponsors, had extended their deal for three years.

Foreign athletes

Sh10m was disbursed to top finishers. David Tarus and Philes Ongori, who won the main 21km races, received Sh1.2m each.

Meanwhile, the June 25 to 27 AK/KCC National Championships set for Nyayo will not feature foreign athlete.

AK chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat added there was no room at the event for privately entered competitors apart from the 10,000m races which, will act as selection event for Berlin World Championships.

“The event will be a Kenyan affair with only AK affiliates who must fill their quota of athletes participating,” Kiplagat said.

The top two athletes in the 10,000m races will automatically qualify for Berlin with two others being decided by the coaching committee for wildcards.

Kiplagat announced 500 runners are expected to compete for national titles where 50 male and female 10,000m athletes who have attained the Berlin A standards (28:50.0, men and 35:00.0, women) contesting for the six tickets for the August 15 to 23 world event.

The deadline for submission of entries for national championships is June 21 at 4pm.



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