Victor Ikawa, HOD – Research, Safaricom Limited presents a sponsorship a cheque to Hon. Maj (Rtd) Marsden Madoka, Founder of the Madoka Half Marathon during the launch of the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon.
The 13th edition of the annual Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon will take place on October 20 in Mwatate constituency, Taita Taveta County.
Over 1500 athletes from across the country are expected to participate in the marathon which aims at nurturing talents and improving community ties.
This years’ edition will be held at Ngerenyi Farmers Training Centre
Defending champions Isaac Kipkoech and Nancy Kiprop will also be seeking to retain the titles they won last year.
The winners of 21km race will receive cash price of Ksh 500,000 each while the first runners up will pocket 250,000 as the second runners up settle for Ksh 100,000.
Speaking during the handover of the sponsorship cheques, race founder, former cabinet minister Major (Rtd) Marsden Madoka said they are aiming to increase the number of foreign athletes taking part in the half marathon to increase competition.
“We have been growing in every edition since the inaugural event in 2005. I am always happy seeing young talents being nurtured to assist themselves in future. This year we are expecting a very tough battle between the athletes and we are also considering increasing the number of foreign athletes as one way of popularising the event,”said Madoka.
Apart from the main race, other categories such as the 12km, 8km for people aged over 45 years, and 6km for juniors, have been included.