Over 20000 athletes are expected to take part in this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon with an attraction of 8000 participants registered in the 10km race set for October 30,the race Local Organizing Committee announced on Thursday.
The half Marathon has attracted 7000 runners whereas 3000 have registered for the 5km family fun run of the 14th edition of the annual race.A total of 700 athletes will battle it out in the main 42km challenge.
At stake will be Ksh 8 million prize money.
The 21km wheelchair race will have 70 participants while 20 CEO’s will battle for bragging rights in the 3km CEO challenge.
At the same time National Police service released a traffic flow plan to minimize disruption come Sunday.
Nairobi Traffic Commandant Leonard Katana said traffic to and out of the city will be mainly diverted to alternative roads as the roads along the designated marathon route wi9ll remain closed between 4am and 1pm.
The affected roads include sections of Mombasa Road ,Uhuru Highway, Upper Hill and Forest Road.Within the CBD Kenyatta Avenue and sections of Haile Selassie and University Way will remain closed until 11.30 am.
“Traffic will be routed to Industrial area,Jogoo Road,Landhies road,Globe Cinema Roundabout ,James Gichuru and Mbagathi Way.”
“The roads that will remain closed include Uhuru Highway,Haile Selassie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue ,Harambee Avenue Mombasa Road up-to Enterprise Road and part of Langa’ta road”.said Katana.
However all the routes for this year’s event remain the same.The 21km wheelchair race will be flagged off first at the 6.50am followed by the 42km race at 7.00am.
The half Marathon is scheduled for 7.20am followed by the 10km race at 8.00am
The 5km family fun run will be the last event of the day taking place from 9.00am.
Chairman LOC Peter Gitau expressed satisfaction with the preparations for this year’s event saying the decision to open registration early has enabled the organizers to plan well.
”For the first time all registrations have been done online.This has enabled us to prepare a clean and detailed database ahead of the race.The process of kit collection has also been seamless”, said Gitau.
He said that it was unfortunate that a large number of people had been locked out due to the early closure of the registration process but maintained that this was driven by the desire to conform to international Standards.
This year’s race has raised about Ksh 40million which will be channeled to ‘Seeing is Believing’.
The initiative in the Standard Chartered marathon Bank’s Flagship CSR program that focuses on addressing avoidable blindness among children below 15 years.Since the marathon was launched in 2003,more than ksh 150 million has been raised with 10,000 children benefiting from corrective surgery.