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Nairobi Marathon date confirmed

11 September 2014, 16:19

Nairobi - More than 25,000 runners are set to participate in the 12th Nairobi International Standard Chartered Marathon where funds will be raised for blind children in need.

The race will take place on October 26 and is expected to grow from the 23 000 athletes representing 68 countries, who competed last year.

The format has also been changed after runners as there are two new finishing points for the 21km and 41km races at the Nyayo National Stadium.

This was done to ensure that there is not confusion between the competitors of the respective races.

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The spectacle, which has emerged as a take-off point for budding marathon talents, will feature five men's and women's races – 42km, 21km, 10km, wheelchair (42km) and 5km Family Fun Race.

Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat said the standard of the competition has improved greatly.

"Twelve years ago, when the race was introduced, we faced a lot of challenges convincing the Nairobi Mayor to team up with us. The City Council never saw anything meaningful in it. But right now, it's different as times have changed and the race will match the stature of Boston and London Marathons in future. The Nairobi Governor is also fully behind us," said Kiplagat.

Registration starts on Monday at all Standard Chartered Bank branches countrywide, selected supermarkets and health clubs at a fee of KES 2, 000. Runners can also register online through the marathon's website www.nairobimarathon.com for KES 1,500 and Family Fun race and Sh150, 000 for corporates.

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