Athletics Kenya has officially endorsed this year’s edition of the UAP Old Mutual Ndakaini Half Marathon slated for 30th September 2017.
Speaking when he presented the race permit to the UAP Old Mutual management, AK president Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said:
“This year the organizers have made improvements to the course in an effort to meet international standards.” The marathon will have an elite runners’ category with a dedicated start point in line with international practice during marathon races.”
Lt. Gen (Rtd) Tuwei expressed AK’s pleasure at being associated with the UAP Old Mutual Ndakaini Half marathon and acknowledged that the marathon has been a breeding ground for some of the country’s top athletes. In an effort to tackle the doping menace, this year’s Marathon will see elite athletes undertake doping tests before and after the race. Prize money will be disbursed to the winner and runner up after the results of the tests have been received. The doping tests will be overseen by Athletics Kenya.
“It is no secret that we are currently facing a doping issue globally, to curb this at the UAP Old Mutual Ndakaini half marathon, AK will carry out doping tests for elite athletes.”
“Further to this, the prize moneys will only be disbursed once the doping results have been received.”
While giving an update on the prize money, UAP Old Mutual Group Head of Communication, Catherine Obwino said.
“We have increased the prize money this year by 50%, with the winners of the 21KM taking home Kshs. 300,000.00 Kshs 150,000.00 for the 2nd position and Kshs 75,000.00 for the third position” he said.
The organisers are targeting to register 4000 runners this year up from 3,500 in the previous year. the organizer have also given a discount for the participant who will register online where they will pay Ksh 800.00 for regular, Ksh 1,000.00 for elite runners and Ksh 100,000.00 for corporate teams.