Murigi leads strong field for Mountain Running Championships

A stellar line up is expected for the Athletics Kenya (AK) Mountain Running Championships slated for Sunday in Naivasha.

Two-time Mountain Running World Champion Lucy Murigi is among the stars confirmed for the one-day event.

Murigi who jetted into the country on Monday from Italy will be joined in the women’s 8km race by Purity Gitonga, the winner of the Mt Kenya Mountain Running, Viola Jelagat and Joyce Njeru.

Veteran Mountain Runner Geoffrey Gikoni and Mount Kenya Mountain Running champion Emmanuel Bor and Dickson Simba will spice up the men’s 10km battle.

As the preparations for the event enters homestretch, organisers have set aside Sh500,000 for prize money.

Over 300 elite and leisure runners are also expected to grace the event that will have three categories  – 8km junior men, 8km senior women and 10km senior men and will start Cornerstone Preparatory Academy on Mai Mahio – Naivasha and end at Flyover.

The challenging course will consist of flat track and steep climbing of 930m and downhill of 330m with rocky steep hill to the highest point of 2,685metres above the sea level in Kenton area, the finish.

“We are racing against time to deliver a world class event on Sunday. We expect huge number of runners to come and compete. The committee has set a side Sh500,000 for prize money and the winners in the three categories will walk home with sh20,000, sh30,000 and sh50,000 for 8km junior men, 8km senior women and 10km for senior men respectively,” said Peter Angwenyi, the AK Mountain Running Coordinator.

The registration of the event will be done on Saturday at Kamunyaka mini supermarket in Longonot, Beryn Hotel in Naivasha, Run2gether training camp in Kiambogo and Kobil petrol station in Flyover.

Organisers have also assured the athletes that Covid-19 protocols will be maintained during the one-day event.

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