The Star (Nairobi)

17 November 2012

Kenya: Stage Set for the Kass International Marathon in Eldoret

ELDORET town comes alive tomorrow as the sixth edition of the Kass marathon takes place.

Established athletes will be seeking to show their prowess while the up and coming will be launching their careers.

There eill be a 12km men's and women's race as well as a 5km corporate run.

Race director Moses Tanui said the event has been a blessing ground for those starting up as well as those whose talents has already been spotted and are in the process of being groomed for major races abroad.

"We have athletes like Geoffrey Mutai who won the 2010 edition and went on to dominate major marathon championships," Tanui said.

He added that several managers will be present to spot the talents.

"There are many athletes who have been training, they are good but they don't have managers who can bridge them with overseas races. I hope many of them will get theirs at this edition," Tanui added.

The race has been included in the International Association of Marathon Series (IAMS) by the IAAF, propelling the status of the race into an international standard.

He however cautioned spectators against any interference on the course as this could lead to it's being stripped off the certification.

"Actually the motorists and the public in general should adhere to the directions from the traffic police department since we want to maintain the event as an international one," He said.

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