The annual Safaricom Great Lakes Kisumu Marathon will take place this Sunday, December 16th 2012. Over 500 pro and aspiring athletes are expected to take part in this year's event.
Winners in both the men’s and women’s marathon will each walk away with Sh. 200,000 with the first home runner across the finish line bagging an extra Sh10,000. The second and third place finishers will receive Sh. 100,000 and Sh. 50,000 each.
Organizers have also planned for a 5-km race that will see the winners pocket Sh.7,000 among other cash rewards.
The 42-kilometre race will start at the Imperial Hotel, go over four laps (in Milimani and Nyalenda) before coming to an end at the Kenyatta Sports Ground.
Registration started on Friday at Kisumu Sports Grounds and ends on Sunday just before the race starts. Registration costs Sh. 300.
Last year's winner was Joseph Kibiwott clocking 2:13.4 while Irene Mogaka clinched the women race in 2:38.0.
KEMRI to serve as a regional Anti-Doping Centre
Athletic Kenya has recommended to the International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF) the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to be the regional anti doping centre.
Speaking at the launch of the Kisumu City Marathon, AK's chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said that to conduct anti-doping for an event it costs at least Sh. 300,000 and opening a centre in the country will make the services cheaper.