By Fred Maingi
The Standard Chartered Bank has extended sponsorship of the Nairobi
Marathon to 2022 while the winner’s prize has been increased to set
the ball rolling.
Speaking during the registration launch at a Nairobi Hotel,
Standard Chartered Chief Executive officer (CEO) Lamin Manjang
disclosed that the bank was targeting 25,000 participants in this
years race slated for October 29th at the Nyayo National Stadium.
‘As the main sponsor’s,we take this renewal with great pride for it
gives us the assurance for continuity and aligns to our long term
plans to continue contributing positively to the world of sports and
the community “ said Manjang.
Registration for this year’s event has started and will remain open
until October 15th 2017.Participants, individuals and corporate will
be required this time to register online through the official marathon
website www.sc.com/ke/Nairobimarathon at a fee of Ksh.2000.A window
for late registration has been set up where the latecomers will part
with Ksh.2,500 that will be opened between October 16th- 26,2017 in
order to accommodate marathon enthusiast who will have missed the
The winner of the Stanchart marathon 21 km category will take home
sh.200,000 up from 150,000.First runners up will receive sh.150,000 up
from 100,000 while the second runners up will pocket sh.100,000 up
from 50,000.The prizes for the other categories according to the Bank
CEO will remain the same.
‘Going forward, added the CEO, we will look into possibilities of
reviewing the other categories as well to reward participants and
raise the profile of the event”.
In attendance was Athletics Kenya (AK) President Rt,General Jackson
Tuwei who thanked the Bank for maintaining and sponsoring the event
since 2003. The Bank, he added, has enhanced the quality of the
marathon.This being the biggest marathon in the country; I just wish
to commend the bank for their sponsorship continuity. I’m just
appealing to the bank to work in partnership with the Nairobi County
Government and profile Nairobi city in one way or another.We have
Tokyo Marathon, Berlin Marathon,Chicago Marathon and many others .”