The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Tom Mboya 21K Race Attracts Top Runners

The second edition of the Tom Mboya Memorial Half Marathon will be held tomorrow in the Island of Rusinga courtesy of Teen for Peace. The race, which has attracted top notch athletes. Amos Chemjor, the winner of the Great Lakes marathon and Willy Cheruiyot, a victor in the Mwea Classic Marathon will spearhead the 21km men's race while Pamela Chepchumba (Wareng Tuskys cross country winner) and

Faith Kagogo (reigning Ndakaini Half Marathon champion), will be among the female athletes on show.

"I am satisfied with the preparation for the event and we hope it will now be allowed to run annually and attract international athletes to further boost its image," said Athletics Kenya (AK) secretary general David Okeyo said.

The race will start at Rusinga Technical Institute and end at the Tom Mboya mausoleum. Over 1,500 athletes have signed up to participate in the four events that will be on show including the 10-km race. The victors in the half marathon will pocket Sh150,000 with the runners up getting 100,000.

The third-place runners will take home Sh75,000. In the 10-km race, the winner will pocket Sh75,00, runners up Sh50,000 and third-place Sh20,000. Ken Onyonyi, the chairman of the organizing committee, said the event is aimed at encouraging peace among the youths besides also showcasing their talents.

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