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Eldoret City Marathon Winners Pocket Millions

The annual marathon held in the ‘City of Champions’ is the brainchild of two-time Boston marathon champion Moses Tanui

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Victor Rotich Kipchirchir and Emily Jepkemoi are the winners of the fifth edition of the Eldoret City Marathon held on Sunday in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

In chilly conditions, Rotich crossed the finish line with a time of 2:12:49, successfully defending his title for the third consecutive year and claiming the top spot in the men’s 42KM race. Close behind were Felix Kipsang and Evans Kipruto, finishing second and third with times of 2:12:52 and 2:13:16, respectively.

“I am thrilled to have defended my title for the third year in a row,” Victor Rotich said after the race. “It is not easy, but with God’s grace, good preparation, and training, I am glad I have managed.”

He said although he started slowly, he gradually picked up pace and eventually took the lead. “This race holds immense value for me, as it has transformed my life in a bigger way.  Winning on home ground fills me with pride. I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Moses Tanui, the founder of this marathon, and to sponsors like Safaricom for their contributions to its success,” said Rotich.

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Elsewhere, Emily Jepkemoi from West Pokot, who finished fourth in the last edition, overcame tough competition to emerge winner in the women’s race with a time of 2:30:13. Martha Akeno claimed second place with a time of 2:31:52, just one minute behind Jepkemoi, while Joan Jepkosgei secured the third position with a time of 2:34:15.

“I thank God and my coach for today’s victory. In the last edition, I finished in fourth position, and today I am delighted to have emerged as the winner. This is a huge blessing for me and my family, as I will use the money to uplift my family back in West Pokot.” Said Emilly Jepkemoi.

Both Rotich and Jepkemoi each pocketed Ksh3.5 million in cash, while the first runners-up, Felix Kipsang and Martha Akeno, took home Ksh1.5 million each. The second runners-up, Evans Kipruto and Joan Jepkosgei, each walked away with Ksh1 million.

In addition, all the top 20 winners in both men and women categories received Neon Ultra phones, the first locally assembled 4G smartphone in Kenya and airtime courtesy of Safaricom.

Elsewhere, Festus Kipkemoi emerged the winner in the 10KM category after clocking 32:16.2. Benson Chondi from Kakamega finished second, with Ethiopian Abderezak Alewo settling for the third position in 33:53.4 and 36:44.4 respectively.

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The fifth edition of the Eldoret City Marathon received Ksh4.3 million sponsorship from Safaricom. The annual marathon event held in the ‘City of Champions’ is the brainchild of two-time Boston marathon champion, Mr Moses Tanui.  It aims to provide a platform for upcoming, talented athletes and to help shine a spotlight on conservation of the environment.

This year, the event attracted a larger entrance, with 800 participants from Kenya and beyond the borders.

Eldoret City Marathon Individual Prizes

1 Victor Rotich Kipchirchir 3,500,000 Emily Jepkemoi 3,500,000
2 Felix Kipsang Mutai 1,500,000 Martha Akeno 1,500,000
3 Evans Kipruto 1,000,000 Joan Jepkosgei Kilimo 1,000,000
4 Onesmus Kiplimo Kiplagat    700,000 Jerono Peris    700,000
5 Edwin Kiptoo Kimeli    550,000 Delvine Relin    550,000
6 Elias Kemboi Chelimo 450,000 Irene Jerobon 450,000
7 Bernard Kipkemoi 350,000 Joy Joyce Kemuma 350,000
8 Kenneth Korir 250,000 Viola Chemos 250,000
9 Bothwell Kiprono Chemueno 150,000 Harriet Jepchumba Chebore 150,000
10 Wilfred Kemboi 100,000 Gladys Kemboi 100,000
11 Sonto Erick 90,000 Mercy Kipchumba 90,000
12 Abraham Kiplimo 80,000 Gladys Jeruto Kiptoo 80,000
13 David Kiprono Metto 70,000 Celestine Jepchumba Kemei 70,000
14 Luke Kibet 60,000 Bency Chepngeno 60,000
15 Ismael Cheboror 50,000 Chelangat Sang 50,000
16 Obadiah Kiprop Mayio 40,000 Susy Chebet Chemaimak 40,000
17 Joshua Kimutai Kandagor 30,000 Lucy Chelele 30,000
18 Oscar Okapel Okiring 20,000 Rael Jepyator Kimaiyio 20,000
19 Alpha Malinga Kisa 15,000 Vivian Jerotich 15,000
20 Josphat Kipkoech 10,000 Nancy Jebet Koech 10,000
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Bill Yaura is a Correspondent for Business Today. He can be reached on email: [email protected]
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