Last year’s winners Paul Maina and Nancy Jebet are among the star athletes who have confirmed participation in the 34th edition of Safaricom Mombasa International Marathon set for this Sunday.
The event under the Safaricom Athletics Series banner, has attracted over 1,000 local and international athletes. Registration for the race, which will take place at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium closes on Friday.
This year, the 42km winners will walk away with Sh400,000 each while those who cross the finish line first in the 10km race will each pocket Sh40,000. Safaricom has set aside Sh2.5 million towards the sponsorship of the event.
“We are committed to ensuring that we give a platform to our athletes to hone their skills through the different athletics events that take place in different parts of the country under the Safaricom Athletics Series,” said Sylvia Mulinge, the Safaricom director for consumer business.
Other races in the series are Kericho, Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial – Ndalat Gaa, Madoka Half Marathon, Imenti South Road Race and the Kisumu County National Marathon which will wrap up this year’s series in December.
The Mombasa International Marathon is an annual event that started in 1985 and has over the years become one of the major events in the coastal region. Now in its 34th Edition, the event has been known to attract participants not just from Kenya, but also internationally. The event is one of the annual events that the county uses to promote tourism in the region.
Under the Safaricom series, there are mixed portfolios of athletics events, which include Athletics Kenya-sponsored competitive races and community-based events.
Over the past two years, Safaricom has expanded its athletics portfolio to include more races, as the company seeks to widen the scope of athletic talent that can be identified and nurtured through various sporting events.