Ksh32m up for grabs for Team Kenya at Kampala WXC


Athletes race during the National Cross Country Championship at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya on ...
Athletes race during the National Cross Country Championship at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya on February 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

World athletics governing body, the IAAF has announced a total of Ksh32m (US$310,000) in prize money will be awarded to the leading runners in the senior races at the World Cross Country Championships Kampala that kick off on Sunday 26.

Deputy Team Manager for Team Kenya Mike Kosgei told Citizen Digital on Tuesday the athletes are taking part in sepcialised training in what is the final chapter of preparations before departing for the Ugandan where they hope to collect all the available honours before them.

Winners of the individual men’s and women’s races will each earn Ksh3.1m (US$30,000) with money paid out to the top six finishers.

In total, US$140,000 is on offer in the two senior races.

In the team contest in both senior races, there is another prize pool of US$140,000, with US$20,000 going to the winning team, with prizes awarded to sixth place in both races, where the pay out by the IAAF is US$4000.

There is also a total prize pool of US$30,000 on offer for the inaugural relay race, with US$12,000 earmarked for the winning team. Here, the first four teams across the line will be awarded prize money.

Prize Money (in US$) – senior men’s and women’s races only*

Individual races:

1st – 30,000

2nd – 15,000

3rd – 10,000

4th – 7000

5th – 5000

6th – 3000

Team races:

1st – 20,000

2nd – 16,000

3rd – 12,000

4th – 10,000

5th – 8000

6th – 4000

Relay race:

1st – 12,000

2nd – 8000

3rd – 6000

4th – 4000

* No prize money paid for the junior races. The payment of prize money in the senior races is dependent upon the athletes clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.

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