Commonwealth champion Lucy Kabuu and World Half Marathon silver medallist Philes Ongori are the latest international athletes to enter Sotokoto Half Marathon set for July 8 at the Uhuru Gardens. Race director George Kariuki said the entry of the two will spice up the event as they will be joining the fastest man on earth over the 42km race and London Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai.
Mutai won the inaugural Sotokoto edition of the event in 2009 and is set to run alongside 2010 winner David Tarus. Kariuki revealed that 27 foreign athletes have registered for the race including 10 Americans, 11 Japanese and two Irish. Britain, India, Congo and Somalia will have one presentative each.
In total, 647 athletes have so far registered and going by the number of inquiries being made, Kariuki is hopeful they will reach their target of 3,000 athletes by the race day. 2,100 runners took part in the 2010 edition. Registration is ongoing at the Sotokoto offices in Lang'ata, Nairobi Safari Club as well as all Athletics Kenya affiliates. Registration deadline is July 2 but interested parties will be given a late entry window of up to July 7.
The event was yesterday boosted by the entry of Nairobi Safari Club who have promised to top up on the prizes for the winners in the various categories including lunch and dinner for the winning corporate team. "There will also be random dope test as stipulated by the AK and IAAF rules and we are asking all our athletes to cooperate once approached by the agencies," said Kariuki.