George Mwaluma, Area Sales Manager, Safaricom Limited presents a sponsorship cheque to Hon. Maj (Rtd) Marsden Madoka, Founder of the Madoka Half Marathon during the launch of the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon.
Tesia Isanga Organisation (TIO), Safaricom and Athletics Kenya have launched the 14th edition of the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon.
Speaking at the launch, Hon. Maj (Rtd) Marsden Madoka, Chairman, Tesia Isanga Organisation and Founder of the Madoka Half Marathon stated the growth and success of the marathon since inception, highlighting its impact in growing athletes in the coast region as well as the country.
“This marathon has given us alot of encouragement. This is because my vision of building a high altitude training camp is coming to fruition. Work on the site is in progress as the Taita Taveta County Government has committed KShs 20 million for the construction of the first phase.” He further stated that there are plans to make the marathon a bigger event. “We have started discussions with the Sarova Group of Hotels to see how the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon can support the Tsavo Half Marathon to raise funds for wildlife conservancy.”
Defending Champion and winner of the Philadelphia and Miami Half Marathons, Panuel Mkungo is among the top athletes expected at the race. In addition to the 21Km race, the competition will have six other categories; 12Km for juniors, 8Km for men over 45years, 8km for women over 35years, 6Km for boys under 12years, 4Km for girls under 12years and 4Km for corporates.
The winners of the 21km race will receive a cash prize of Sh 300,000 each, with second and third-placed finishers getting Sh 150,000 and Sh 100,000 respectively.
Through the series, we continue our sponsorship of grassroots athletics events with the aim of offering aspiring athletes a launch pad from which to pursue their careers at national and international events. We are happy that as a result, great champions such as Daniel Muindi, Panuel Mkungo and Rozina Musembi have been nurtured,” said Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom.
The marathon will be held on Saturday, 5th October 2019 from 7am, and is seeking to increase participation from both local and foreign athletes in a bid to raise the standards of competition. Interested athletes can register at any Athletics Kenya offices.