5,000 athletes set to compete
in Mombasa International Marathon
has also sent an athlete with
neighboring Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda and
Burundi also bring along their participants
-- Over 5,000 athletes from six
countries will compete at the Mombasa
International Marathon on Sunday.
Organisers expect at least 500
elite athletes to participate in the race, where
the winner will walk home with 2,500 U.S.
The marathon will have both the
local and international athletes compete for the
honors with AK hinting it might use the event to
pick out talent and possible inclusion in the
World Half marathon, which will be held in
Kavarna, Bulgaria in October.
Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah
Kiplagat revealed in Nairobi on Thursday that
Uganda had sent 2 athletes, with Alex Omondi
accompanying the 2003 Mombasa marathon winner Alex
Malinga fourth in the Athens Olympic Games
Ethiopia has also sent an athlete
with neighboring Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda and
Burundi also bring alone their participants.
The Safaricom sponsored marathons
have produced some of the world-beater in the
Prague Marathon winner (2010),
Eliud Kiptanui was the winner of Kisumu marathon
in 2009 while Solomon Busiendich, who won the
local Gusii Golden Series scooped the first
position in Amsterdam Marathon in 2006.
"We want to entice the
tourists too to take time off their holiday and
run in this marathon. Mombasa is a popular
destination for tourists and even if we can get
50 foreign tourists, then we will be
"Winners and several others
random samples will be conducted.
"We want a clean
championship, now that the focus has been on the
country ever since Kenya started dominating in the
road races," Kiplagat said.