Eldoret City Marathon will debut an electronic timing system during its third edition on April 11, 2021. Speaking during a cheques handover ceremony by sponsors, the race’s director, Moses Tanui, stated that the timing system had already been procured and shipped to Eldoret. The use of the timing system is a boost for participants as their finishing times will be officially recognized by global athletics governing body, World Athletics.
Competition is expected to be high in the upcoming race as many athletes will be seeking to make a competitive comeback after remaining inactive for close to a year owing to the covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at the same event, the chief guest H.E. Hon. Daniel Chemno, the Deputy Governor of Uasin Gishu County, hailed the impact of the marathon on the fortunes of upcoming athletes many of whom received their big career breaks after participating in the marathon. One such athlete is Kenneth Kemboi who finished third in the last edition, which was his first podium finish ever. His fantastic performance landed him an invite to participate in Palermo Marathon in Italy where he ended up victorious. Kemboi will be making a second attempt to win Eldoret City Marathon in next month’s event.
Chemno urged participants to run clean and avoid doping, which has tainted the reputation of many Kenyan athletes in the recent past. Tanui warned participants that they would be tested for banned substances. Registration for willing participants is ongoing on our website here.