StanChart virtual run kicks off ahead of main event
The virtual run of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon kicked off on Monday at the Karura Forest.
This year’s edition of the annual marathon adopted a hybrid format with a combination of both the virtual run and physical race that is slated for Sunday.
Peter Gitau, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee said the registration of the virtual race is still ongoing with the physical race only limited to 2500 elite runners.
“The kit collection exercise is still ongoing. For participants in Nairobi, they can pick their kits at KICC. For the ones across the country, they will be delivered at our offices across the country. For the international participants, we have partnered with DHL to have them delivered.
In addition to keeping yourself active, we will also be planting trees. After every finish, we will have every participant been given a tree to plant at the location of their choosing. We plan to plant at least 6,000 trees across the country.” Gitau said after taking part in the virtual run in Karura Forest.
There are various hotspots across the country which have been segmented for participants to join other runners for the virtual run. They are in Thika, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nakuru, Kitale, Siaya, Eldoret, Kericho, Mombasa, Meru, Nanyuki.
In Nairobi, participants will be converging in the green spaces in Sanctuary, Karura and Arboretum.
To be selected among the 13,500 virtual participants, one will be required to download the Strava app
“I urge Kenyans to register and be part of the marathon. They can participate virtually in their own space and time and be part of physical marathon dependent with their qualification time,” said Kariuki Ngari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Standard Chartered Bank Kenya.
The physical marathon will be held this Sunday along the Southern bypass and will commence and end at the Carnivore Grounds.
According to organisers, the Southern Bypass route was chosen due to ongoing road constructions along Uhuru Highway and Mombasa Road. The route was also picked due to its proximity to the National Park, which has a great scenic route and creates an opportunity to use the marathon to advance tourism.
The physical race will cover 10km, 21km, 21km wheelchair race as well as the 42km corporate relay.