20,000 to participate in Sunday’s Beyond Zero Half-Marathon

Over 20, 000 participants are set to grace this year’s Beyond Zero marathon slated for Sunday in Nairobi.

This year’s half marathon will feature intellectually and visually impaired competitors.

The elite start has also been incorporated in accordance with the international standards for 21km and 10 km road races.

The Paralympic race will be flagged off at 6:30 am followed by the 21km half marathon at 7am. The 10km road race and corporate run will be flagged off at 8:30 am followed by the 3km the family fun race.

All the races will be flagged outside Nyayo Stadium on Uhuru Highway. After the flag off, the participants will head towards CBD on Uhuru Highway all the way up to the Museum overpass before making their way back to Nyayo Stadium through Kenyatta Avenue.

Speaking during media briefing on Wednesday, the AK president Jack Tuwei confirmed that with the finalized route and other plans in place, they were ready to host the race as scheduled.

“We are pleased to report that the all plans have been put in place to ensure that the 2019 Beyond Zero Half Marathon is a safe and great experience for all participants. We have finalized important details like the route, price money and race categories as well as security during the event. We have also expanded our race categories to include people with intellectual disability and the visually impaired to demonstrate AK’s commitment to inculcating a culture of inclusion,” said Tuwei.

The categories for this year’s half marathon include the 21km half marathon and the 10km road race, which shall feature two categories; elite category that is eligible for prize money and the amateur category. Other categories are Wheelchair Half Marathon and the 21km Tricycle Half Marathon, all amateur categories. Also included is the 5km Family Fun Run.

The Paralympics team will be using the Beyond Zero Half Marathon as a pre-qualifier for the 2020 Paralympics Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

For the elite categories, winners will be taking home Ksh. 250,000 for 21km and Ksh. 100,000 for 10km.

The fourth edition will see a total workforce of 2,000 people and 300 volunteers.