The 4th edition of the Eldoret City Marathon was officially launched on Friday 11th February 2022 at the County Government of Uasin Gishu headquarters in Eldoret. With the launch, registration for the 2022 races that are scheduled for April 10th, 2022 is now open. The launch was presided over by the Deputy Governor of Uasin Gishu County, H.E. Hon. Daniel Chemno who hailed the impact of the marathon on the large pool of long-distance running talent in the North Rift region.
Speaking at the event, the race director, Moses Tanui reported readiness on the part of organizers to hold the event. He thanked sponsors for standing with the race and for their promise to support the upcoming edition. According to Tanui people should expect a bigger race this year as preparations are not heavily hindered by the Covid-19 virus as was the case in 2021. He gave a customary but resolute warning against doping demanding a clean race for all the participants. Eldoret City Marathon subjects random participants to doping tests by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) as part of its serious commitment to weed out would-be cheaters.
This year’s race will see a change in tact with several Kenyan running legends taking charge of some key technical aspects of the race. Benjamin Limo, a former World 5,000 KM champion, will be in charge of logistics while world-renowned athletics coach, Patrick Sang, who has mentored and coached Eliud Kipchoge throughout his career will be in charge of the finish line. Other legends who will be part of the technical planning team include Japheth Kimutai, Hon. Leah Malot, and Richard Metto, who is also a world-renowned athletics trainer. They will be overseen by the race director, Tanui, who is himself a multiple Boston Marathon winner.
Eldoret City Marathon is an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group Qualifier, which means that participants over the age of 40 years seeking to participate in AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships can obtain a qualifying time for the championships by participating in the 4th edition.
Winners of the 42.195KM races will walk away with KES 3.5 Million (USD 35,000) and the top 20 finishers in both the women’s and men’s marathon will be awarded cash awards ranging between KES 3.5 Million and KES 10,000. This makes Eldoret City Marathon the highest-paying marathon in Africa. Registration is ongoing here for only KES 1,200 for local participants and USD 50 for international participants.