BY WILLIAM NJUGUNA

Preparations for the 32nd Mombasa International Marathon tomorrow have been finalised.

The marathon, sponsored by the County Government of Mombasa and Safaricom is part of the Safaricom Athletics Series.

It will be flagged off by the Deputy Governor Hazel Katana at Mama Ngina Drive and is expected to bring together over 1,000 local and international athletes.

This year’s race will see the overall winner awarded a cash prize of Sh1.5 million, a significant increase from last year. The first and second runners up will take home Sh650, 000 and Sh350, 000 respectively.

The 2015 edition will also see the introduction of a 10 Km categorywhose winner, first and second runners up will pocket Sh110, 000, Sh60, 000 and Sh30, 000 respectively.

“We are very proud to host yet another big event in this County soon after the Mombasa International Cultural Festival that we held in August.

“We are determined to keep promoting Mombasa as a destination not just for sun and sand tourism but for culture and sports,” said Mombasa Hazel Katana.

“Such events also give us an opportunity to encourage sportsmen and women to come and showcase their talent, while at the same time showing the youth of Mombasa that athletics is something they can earn a living from.”

Safaricom this year have set aside Sh2.5 million for the event.

“Safaricom have always been keen on supporting athletics. We are happy to be contributing to the great performance of our athletes at major global competitions as witnessed recently at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing,” said Zaheeda Suleman, Head of Department, Brand Experience, Safaricom.

“The Mombasa International Marathon provides a great platform to identify and nurture sporting talent, and our sponsorship of the event is an expression of our commitment to supporting sports in different parts of the country,” she added.

The County Government of Mombasa has committed Sh15 million in sponsorship.

“We are encouraging all Mombasa residents to turn out in large numbers to cheer the athletes and enjoy a fun filled day at Mama Ngina Drive this Sunday. There will be entertainment from top Mombasa artistes and games for kids.”

Last year, the marathon was won by three-time winner of the Safaricom Marathon in Lewa Fridah Lodepa in a time of 2:41.34, and Paul Kangogo who finished in a time of 2:11.22.

After this the Safaricom Athletics Series will move to Eldoret for the Ndaalat Gaa Cross Country Race set for October 10.

Courtesy of the-star.co.ke

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