OVER 2,000 athletes are expected to take part in the Menengai Geothermal Half Marathon this Sunday in Nakuru town. Athletes will cover a route course designed around Menengai Geothermal Project, one of the world's greatest and biggest single geothermal fields.
The one loop course with scenic mountainous background promises to be exciting to both participants and spectators. The half marathon sponsored by the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) among other sponsors, has attracted athletes from the Turkana, Pokot, Naivasha, Nakuru and its environs.
Elite athletes are also expected to use the event to gauge their fitness ahead of next season. GDC general manager Dr. Peter Omenda described the inaugural event as a start of better things for the community living near the geothermal plant.
"With Rift Valley being undoubtedly the home of athletes in the country, the addition of Geothermal Menengai Half-Marathon on Athletics Kenya (AK) calendar is expected to give chance to more upcoming athletes to showcase their prowess as they look forward to breaking into the international scene," he said.
Ruth Musembi, the head of communication, said the marathon will have a medical camp where locals will be given free general health screening, eye and dental check-ups and breast cancer screening. Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Isaiah Kiplagat will grace the event. Musembi said that the Half-Marathon will be made an annual event. .