Patrick Makau to lead stellar cast of athletes in Imenti South race

Patrick Makau after breaking the world record at the 2011 Berlin Marathon (PHOTO/Getty Images)
(fFILE)Patrick Makau after breaking the world record at the 2011 Berlin Marathon (PHOTO/Getty Images)

Former two- time Berlin Marathon title and world record holder Patrick Makau and former two- time Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon champion Cyprian Kiogora Mwobi will grace the 11th edition of the Safaricom Imenti South Road Race on Sunday.

At the same time, home favourites, former Volkswagen Prague Marathon champion Lucy Karimi and five-time Lewa Marathon champion Daniel Mbogo will lead the elite field in the 15 kilometre road race.

Karimi who finished third at the NN Rotterdam Marathon holds a season best (PB) of 2:25:17 and a personal best of 53:03 10 Miles Road (16.1km) while Betty Kathambi Murungi (PB 34:16) will be making a comeback after two years.

According to the Local Organising Committee chairman Kimathi Mutuerandu, about 17 elite athletes have already registered as they wait for Eric Muthomi, Mary Munanu and Pauline Njeru to confirm their participation.

“The increasing number of professional athletes representing Kenya internationally demonstrates that this is just not a great terrain for training but a road map towards growth and success. There will be main categories at the race,” said Mutuerandu.

Mutuerandu added that registration is still open at the Athletics Kenya (AK) offices, Nkubu , Kanyakine and at Igoji but will close on Friday. He encouraged more local athletes both young and old to register for the race since they have set aside a budget to reward the winners in the 15km, 6km and the 8km cross-country events.  

Notably, last year’s winners Isaac Kipkoech who has won the Chemasusu race and Baringo Marathon in the past and Kenya Prisons Services 5,000m  champion Nancy Nzinza are yet to confirm if they will be defending their titles.  

Report by Aaron Muthomi

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