Road race to promote Nairobi's dwindling image
25 April 2014, 11:37
Nairobi - An inaugural road race which aims at enhancing the
image of the Nairobi city and promoting the metropolis as the hub of
Africa will take place on March 18.
The Nairobi Diamond 10km Run has been organized by the Athletics
Kenya Nairobi County branch to showcase the city as a safe destination
despite the upsurge in acts of terror in the recent past.
"The race will be one of the most lucrative races and biggest in the
region considering the prize money and consolation prizes on offer,"
Barnabas Korir, Nairobi County Athletics Kenya chairman said during the
"We expect top athletes to compete in the event, and so far several elite athletes have confirmed participation," Korir said.
The race organizers are offering a total pool of 120,000 dollars for the winners.
Korir said Leonard Komon, world 10km record holder and Kenneth
Kemboi, former African Champion in the distance are among athletes who
have confirmed participation.
Korir said the race, themed "Our country, our, our city, our pride",
will show the unity and aspirations of the Kenyan people general and
residents of Nairobi in particular.
"As Kenya embarks on an expedition to lobby for the World Youth
Athletics Championships in 2017, we want to show the world as a safe and
secure place. Those who participate in events of this magnitude for
health reasons are also invited," Korir, a former Kenyan international
Rose Kimonye, Brand Kenya CEO said Kenyans should be encouraged to run for good causes.
"The outcome will be growth of sports tourism and identification of
young talent. From where I sit, I can tell you about the immense
publicity Kenya received from the participation of the First Lady at the
London Marathon last week," Kimonye said.
Korir said the race will take every precaution to ensure the safety
of participants adding that the event will be observed under tight
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