In Summary
  • Whether for fun, personal fitness or in the case of the elite athletes, a chance to earn a good payday and create a foundation for an international career; Standard Chartered Marathon is locally the best option.

The annual Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon continues to attract many athletes in all categories as was evident in last weekend’s 17th edition of the championship.

Whether for fun, personal fitness or in the case of the elite athletes, a chance to earn a good payday and create a foundation for an international career; Standard Chartered Marathon is locally the best option.

The 42km race continues to be the main event in the Nairobi Marathon, but many aver that the equally tasking 21km race should now generate equal interest and cut its own niche.

While both races are geared towards Standard Chartered’s core charity programmes, initiating different calendars for the two could rake in more interest and support from the general public.

Worldwide, the 21km half marathons are held as separate entities and I believe it is time the organisers of StanChart Marathon followed the trend. While few have the glamour of the majors, there are some brilliant European, US and world half marathons that offer something different.

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