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Annual Family Bank Group Eldoret half marathon scheduled for this Sunday

The 13th edition of the Family Bank Group’s Eldoret half marathon which will be held this Sunday, October 7 2018 has already attracted more than 700 athletes with more expected to register before the closure of the registration window.


The 21km race, whose theme this year is running for inclusive education, with special attention to children with autism will be staged on a re-designed route for men and women contestants.


The route for this year was redesigned to start from Tendwon Seconday School through Tembelio in Elgeyo border, Tendwa and end at Zion mall in Eldoret town. The five-kilometer family and corporate fun race will start at Kao La Amani and also end at Zion mall.


“The winners for this year in the men and women category will pocket Sh. 250,000 for position one with the first runner up taking home Sh.150,000. Third placed participants will earn Sh. 90,000,” the race director Richard Metto, said.


Speaking at a press briefing in Eldoret, Metto who was flanked by AK Eldoret branch chairman Joseph Boit and a manager at Family Bank Group, Jacqueline Mathaga said they expect international athletes to take part in the Sunday event.


This means last year’s winners Jorum Lumbasi and Pauline Korikwang are expected to face stiff competition as they hope to retain their titles.


Ms. Mathaga said as Family Bank, they were proud to provide a platform where talent has been discovered, nurtured and released to conquer the world stages adding that they look forward to doing more to impact on the lives of autistic children.


She said through individual and corporate five kilometre fun race they hope to raise funds to build more specialized classrooms to promote inclusive education especially for autistic children.


“Proceeds from the race will go towards supporting more projects at Sosiani primary school that give an opportunity to autistic children to access quality education,” said Ms. Mathaga adding, “we hope to grow the marathon so that we raise more fund to construct special classes for autistic children across the country.”


The press briefing was also attended by 2012 Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda, and world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor.


By Kiptanui Cherono

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