OVER 17,000 runners enrolled for the Sunday's Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon. The event's steering committee chairman Richard Mbindyo said registration for the event is closed and all is set for the event.
"We are 3 days away from the marathon and we expect to have a an excellent event come Sunday," he added. Mbindyo was, however, mum over the number of elite runners they expected to compete in the 42km race.
"We are sifting through the entries of elite runners for the event and by Saturday (tomorrow), we should be in a position to know who are the elite runners for the event," he added.
Mbindyo said adequate security measures have been put in place and there will be no hawking along the marathon route. "We are not taking any chances. There will be police officers along the route to ensure the participants are well protected," he said.
Athletics Kenya (AK) public relations officer Peter Angwenyi said they will have doping at the event. "The marathon has always had doping procedures I can confirm we have the equipment to conduct the doping tests ," added Angwenyi.
Meanwhile the Kenya Police also announced road closure schedules for the event. Uhuru Highway, Bunyala roundabout, Lusaka roundabout, Aerodrome road, Madaraka roundabout-- will all be closed on Saturday at 11pm.
On Sunday (4am), Mombasa Road, Nyayo Stadium roundabout and Enterprise Road will be closed alongside the Madaraka/South C roundabout.