Over 1,000 runners to take part at Maasai Mara Marathon
03 October 2013, 14:05
Nairobi - Over 1,000 local and international runners will take part in this weekend's Maasai Marathon 2013 which is being sponsored by the Kenya Airways to the tune of 685, 000 U.S. dollars.
The airline's CEO Titus Naikuni said that the airline is looking forward to welcoming the participants to the marathon, which has distinguished itself as a key fixture in the sports calendar since its inception in 2009.
"The Kenya Airways Maasai Mara Marathon has always been an important event to us because of the role it plays in not only nurturing and promoting talent, but also providing an avenue for spurring development in the societies that we operate in," Naikuni said in Nairobi on Wednesday.
The funds raised in the event will go towards addressing shortfalls in education facilities, access to medical infrastructure, improvement of sanitation utilities, anti-poaching projects and provision of clean drinking water to its residents.
Proceeds from last year's marathon went towards a dining hall and dormitory construction project for a local school, which is aimed at enhancing the educational experience for girls who drop out of school due to long distance travel and the pastoralist way of life.
The Kenya Airways Maasai Mara Marathon has in the past been used by runners to hone their skills, with many of them proceeding to successful International athletic careers.
Naikuni said in Nairobi that this year's edition of the marathon that is the biggest in East Africa, has attracted over 1, 000 participants. Already, registration for the marathon has been closed.
He said that the airline is looking forward to welcoming the participants to the marathon, which has distinguished itself as a key fixture in the sports calendar since its inception in 2009.
The Kenya Airways Maasai Mara Marathon 2013, a joint initiative of the airline with the Lemek Conservancy Council, will also commemorate Kenya's 50th anniversary this year.
The top five winners in this year's marathon, which includes a 21 kilometer half marathon race for individual runners and a five kilometer fun run for individual runners or corporate teams, will be sponsored by Kenya Airways to participate in the London Marathon 2014.
The Masai Mara Marathon was first held in November 2009 with 352 participants taking part in.