By Fred Maingi
All is set for the annual 10th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon set for Sunday(tomorrow) from Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.
The event to be graced by several Kenya member of parliament has attracted over 19,000 participants including thousands of foreigners .
Reuben Mbindu, the Chairman of the National steering committee said that Kenyans had turned out in big numbers to register for the marathon. Manual registration closed on 21st October, 2012 while online registration was extended to 24th October 2012.
“We are very excited to have had such a huge number of people registered and we are grateful to all the corporate and individuals who have made a stand by registering for this year’s marathon. For every registration we have had, more children will benefit by having a life changing operation that will have them regain their sight and live a normal life. We anticipate to raise atleast KShs.19 million towards Seeing is Believing.,” added Mbindu.
“I would like to thank you all ,added Mbindu,and on our part, we will ensure that we once again deliver an exceptional event that will exceed Kenyan’s expectations while profiling our city to the world.
With the registration behind us, right now all our focus is on delivering a world class marathon and ensuring we achieve the objectives of this event. Right now we are doing final touches as we prepare for the big event tomorrow, Sunday 28th October 2012.”
“I would like to urge all runners to keep time, cooperate and follow the laid out traffic routes to avoid inconvenience and to ensure a smooth and successful event.
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All proceeds from the Nairobi Marathon have always gone towards ‘Seeing is Believing’ a Standard Chartered Bank Charity aimed at tackling avoidable blindness. Last year, KShs16 million was raised and went into funding cataract operations and Trachoma intervention projects across the country.