• Former Boston champion Mutai to race in Sotokoto Half

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  • Geoffrey Mutai is among elite runners confirmed for the sotokoto half marathon.(Photo:File)Geoffrey Mutai is among elite runners confirmed for the sotokoto half marathon.(Photo:File)
May 13, 2012-

The 2011 Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai is among elite runners who have signed up for this year’s Sotokoto Safari half marathon slatted for July 8 at Uhuru gardens.

Mutai who will be defending his title he won in 2010, the last time the marathon took place said that he will run this year’s edition to help promote local sports and tourism.

Besides Mutai,2010 runners-up David Tarus who will also race the at the half marathon which will begin outside the Uhuru garden’s gate along Langata road all the way to the General Motors/Enterprise Road junction with the finishing point being at the freedom mausoleum inside the Uhuru Gardens.

“It will be nice competing against Mutai again. He beat me in the last edition but I will try to challenge him this year,” said Tarus who finished second in the 2009 Mumbai Standard Chartered Marathon.

The marathon whose registration opened on Sunday, May 12 will be targeting 300 more participants from last year’s edition where 2700 took part in the race which seeks to raise funds for the Kibera Running Club and Sotokoto Sports Academy.

So far six foreign athletes from USA, Ireland, Britain and Congo have confirmed their participation in the race whose theme is ‘running together for peace and conservation.

Former marathoner and Olympian, Douglas Wakiihuri, the even Director said that the event will be used to promote Kenyan tourism, both locally and internationally besides mobilizing resources for infrastructure development.

“Sotokoto marathon provides a platform for creating awareness through our Kenyan top athletes for empowerment, hope and foreseeable future for the youth of Kenya,” said Wakiihuri.

Besides the 21km race there will also be five other categories the Children 5KM, 10km fun race, legend, celebrity, and the corporate race.

Registration fee for children will be Ksh 500 while adults will pay Ksh 1000 with corporate bodies being charged Ksh 20,000.

According to the organizers, registration forms are available at the Athletics Kenya branches offices all over his country, Athletics camps and selected shopping malls. In Nairobi, the forms can be picked at the AK offices at Riadha House and Sotokoto offices in Langata.

The race whose winner will pocket Ksh.250,000 on Sunday received Ksh.120,000 from Car company, Mitshibishi.

 

Elvince Joshua

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