Posted by:Eric Njiru
Registration for this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon opened on Tuesday as organizers target to attract 25,000 participants for the annual charity road race.
For the second time, the biggest road race in the region will be hosted at Railway Club on Sunday October 28th, 2018 as the traditional host venue, Nyayo Stadium is still undergoing renovations.
Following the launch, registration will go on till 30th September 2018. All registrations, individual and corporates, will be done online via www.sc.com/ke/Nairobimarathon at a fee of KES 2,000. Thereafter, participants will collect their running kits from 22nd October 2018 at the kit collection EXPO at KICC grounds.
“This year we are targeting to raise Kes 60 million. All the proceeds from registration will be channelled to the Seeing is Believing initiative, which focuses on addressing avoidable blindness among children below 15 years. The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2018 is special to the Bank since we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Seeing is Believing initiative,” said Mr. Lamin Manjang, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Kenya.
Since the launch of the Seeing is Believing initiative in 2003, the Bank has raised more than Kes 250 million. Among the programmes funded so far include screening of 6.2 million people, 170,000 surgical interventions, training of over 2000 health workers and upgrading of more than 10 health facilities around the country.
Mr. Manjang disclosed that the Bank will invest close to Kes 100 million shillings in funding this year’s event. This includes more than Kes 8 million prize money that will be awarded to the various winners in the competitive races.
The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2018 will feature six race categories; 42km male and female, 21km male and female, 10km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km Family Fun Run race and the popular 3km CEO challenge.
The organizers have maintained last year’s route for the 2018 race. However, some minor changes will be made on the location of the race starting points at the Railway Club venue.