KCB Bank Kenya has injected Kshs. 1 million into the 2nd edition of the Iten International Marathon slated for November 9-12 at Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet.
Athletes will take part in the 42km race, 21km and 5km both men and women categories who will battle for the KShs. 1 million grand prize. The runner up will take home KShs. 750, 000 while the second runner up will walk away with KShs. 500, 000.
The top 20 winners in both categories will also be awarded. Before the 42 km race on Sunday, there will be a tree planting exercise tomorrow at Iten town as well as a children fun run and national police service CSR activities on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the race, KCB Bank Kenya General Manager Sovereign and Public Sector David Nyamu said: “We are excited for the Iten International Marathon because it gives us an opportunity to interact with our athletes even as we also engage in climate action mitigation measures. We cannot wait to see them take on the track as they fight for the top prizes that are up for grabs.”
Defending champion Samuel Nibei has signed up for the competition and has vowed to defend his title he won last year at the same venue as he gears up for a tough contest.
“I am looking forward to this year’s race because I have been training and working so hard for it. I cannot wait to compete with the top athletes who have already registered for the competition because it gives us an opportunity to push ourselves to the limit,” noted Nibei.
This year’s race thematic approach is the promotion of climate smart resilient practices to foster economic growth, enhance food security and environment conservation in line with the national government’s climate action practices.
This is also in line with KCB’s sustainability efforts that are geared towards creating a sustainable environment in the markets the bank operates in.