The 21 km race winners will each receive sh 500,000, which is one of the highest paying marathons in the country so far.
This was announced during the launch of the 12th edition of the Madoka Half Marathon by Athletics Kenya in partnership with Tesia Isanga Organization (TIO) and Safaricom Limited. The 2017 Madoka Half Marathon is expected to attract over 2,000 local and international athletes, key dignitaries, businesspersons and members of the community.
Speaking at the same function, Paul Mutui, Senior Vice President, Athletics Kenya praised the Madoka Half Marathon citing it as one of the most consistent road races in the country as it is held annually and pays winners promptly. “The Marathon has been a useful tool in scouting for upcoming talented athletes who are identified for training. As Athletics Kenya, we are grateful to Hon. Maj Rtd Marsden Madoka for creating and managing the marathon.”
Hon Maj (RtD) Marsden Madoka, Chairman, Tesia Isanga Organization and Founder of the Madoka Half Marathon stated the growth of the marathon from 2005 to date citing that, “the marathon has been able to fulfill its mandate of nurturing local talent in the region as it has elevated three local athletes to international heights. The three athletes from Taita Taveta County are currently in the UK and US, where they are receiving training for major international races.”
He further stated his vision for the future of the marathon is to develop the high altitude training camp. “The local community had already donated land, where the training camp will be built. We are stepping up our efforts to raise money to achieve this dream. Also plans are underway to start a foundation, which will continue to organize the marathon for future generations.”
In 2016, the marathon attracted over 2,000 athletes and has continued to play the decisive role of a breeding ground and launching pad for athletes, who have gone to conquer the world in major races. For example, Panuel Mkungo from Taita Taveta County won three consecutive marathons in the US including the Philadelphia Half Marathon.
The marathon will be held on Saturday, 21st October 2017 from 7am. All races are targeted for the local community members aside from the 21km race, which is open to the public. Interested athletes can register at any Athletics Kenya offices.
Key Sponsors of this events are Safaricom Limited, Grain Bulk Handlers, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Taita Taveta County Government, Brookside Dairy and Amaco Insurance.