Elite runners to grace Kisii half marathon 10th edition
Commonwealth marathon silver medallist Irene Mogaka and 2009 World Half Marathon silver medallist Philes Ongori are among elite athletes who will grace the 10th edition of Safaricom Kisii half marathon tomorrow.
Grace Momanyi, the 2010 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion and Sammy Nyokaye, Mully International Half Marathon winner, who has been training at Mochenwa Athletics Club in Nyamira, are the other runners set to spice up the event.
Last year’s winners Nichodemus Kipkirui and Joan Chelimo will also be back for another shot at the title.
Athletics Kenya Nyanza South chairman Peter Angwenyi says preparations for the race are at an advanced stage and over 500 athletes are expected.
“We are hoping for a good turnout. This marathon has grown over the years and has given local athletes a platform to discover their talent,” said Angwenyi.
“The marathon has produced international athletes like Wesley Ochoro, Ruth Bosibori, Grace Momanyi, Edwin Mokua among others. This is why we take pride in associating ourselves with this event and hope to see more athletes being discovered,” added Angwenyi.
Winners will walk away with Sh100,000 while Sh50,000 and Sh30,000 go to second and third-place finishers.