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Excitement builds forStanchart Marathon with City warm-up event slated for this weekend

Monday, July 8th, 2024 04:00 | By
Participants during a past StancHART marathon
Participants during a past StancHART marathon. PHOTO/STANCHART

The official warm-up run for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon is scheduled for this Saturday at Tatu City.

With race distances of 5km, 10km, and 21km, the full-day event caters to runners of all abilities.

The race village will also feature a variety of entertainment, including live music performances by top Kenyan artistes, a kids’ zone with fun activities, and a food and drinks area offering a wide range of refreshments.

With high-value prizes from platinum sponsor Dr. Mattress, the event is expected to attract thousands of runners, families, and friends ahead of the main Nairobi Marathon, which will take place on October 27.

Speaking about the warm-up run, Jonathan Batty, Group Head of Marketing & Communications at Rendeavour, the owner and developer of Tatu City, said that Tatu City is the perfect environment for world-class sporting and recreational events such as the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.

“It is safe, secure, beautiful, and has hundreds of kilometres of tarmacked roads, tracks, and trails. Runners, walkers, their friends, and families can feel confident of a great day out,” stated Batty.

On her part, Joyce Kibe, the Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand, and Marketing at Standard Chartered, commented that the warm-up run marks a new chapter in Kenya’s marathon history.

“We are excited to provide participants with a unique opportunity to prepare for the Nairobi marathon in October while enjoying the beautiful and secure setting of Tatu City,” Kibe mentioned.

The event is backed by over a dozen prominent sponsors, with Dr. Mattress leading as Platinum Sponsor.

Dr. Mattress, a renowned Kenyan manufacturer of beds, mattresses, and furniture, is also the main Prize Sponsor.

With prizes worth over Sh1.5 million, participants can win across a wide variety of categories, including the top three fastest runners across all distances, the best-represented running club, the most lively group, and the youngest and oldest running participants.

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