Marathon star Patrick Ivuti will lead over 2,000 athletes in the Peter Mulei Machakos road race slotted for October 5 in Machakos town, organisers have confirmed. Ivuti, a former world cross country silver medallist and 2007 Chicago Marathon champion, will be battling for top owners alongside, Nicholas Kamacha, a medallist at the Amsterdam Marathon.
"We have also received confirmation from over 100 elite athletes," race organiser, Boniface Mutie said. The Peter Mulei road race is an annual event and proceeds from the event goes towards educating HIV/AIDS orphans.
Jackson Limo won the inaugural event last year while John Mwangangi, who came third in the world half marathon in Bulgaria, finished second.
In the women's category, Agnes Katunge, winner of Naghpur half Marathon in India last year, scooped the title followed by Pauline Kaveke who won the Chiba Ekiden road race in Japan last year. This year's competition will feature 21-km road race,10-km corporate challenge and 3-km family and fun race. World marathon record holder, Patrick Makau, former Boston Marathon champion Cosmas Ndeti and five-time world cross country champion, John Ngugi.