Lagos City Marathon winner Abraham Kiptum is expected back to defend his senior title at the ninth edition of Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat cross country on Saturday.
Last year, Kiptum won the men’s 10km race, beating a classy field that included Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto. He went ahead to win his second title at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
The athlet, who comes from Mosoriot in Nandi County has confirmed his participation in the race. According to the Local Organising Committee secretary Kennedy Tanui, the race will attract top stars in the region and will act as a launching ground for the cross country season.
“Kiptum has confirmed his participation and we expect the rest to also come and defend their titles,” Tanui said. Africa 10,000m champion Alice Aprot won the women’s race last year, beating world cross country champion Irene Cheptai. Athletics Kenya (AK) Central Rift chairman Abraham Mutai urged athletes to honour the event ahead of the cross country season. The event will be precede AK weekend cross country series countrywide. The race attracted over 4000 athletes last year and over 30,000 spectators. “As we celebrate and commemorate the founder of Ndalat, the late Isaiah Kiplagat, it is good to note that the event will kick start the cross country season and we expect more athletes. The race has been a breeding ground for the athletes and kids will have an opportunity to build their careers here,” Mutai said.