EVENT INFO


OUR RACES

We organize two types of races: The 42.2KM marathon for professional men and women athletes and the 5KM fun race for corporate participants and individual non-professional runners. 

THE 42.2KM MARATHON

If you are looking for your next destination marathon or looking to run your first, Eldoret City Marathon is one of the most spectacular to find inspiration. From the streets of the city of Champions to jungle to desert terrain, there are hidden treasures abound.

An escape from the everyday, the scenery of Eldoret countryside is unimaginable. Many places completely devoid of modernity, you will experience sites you never even dreamed.

Regardless if you are a novice runner or a marathon diehard, with so many marathoners running side by side with you, certainly you won’t be disappointed.

Run alongside world record holders and breakers from the region that is source, home and city of champions as you experience the hospitality and breathtaking sites and sounds of the region.
See Eldoret from end to end all from foot alongside other travelers from around the globe. From fast and flat to hilly terrain, every type of course is ready and waiting.

What is so great about Eldoret City Marathon? Everything. So, choose the one that inspires you most, pre-register, strap on those shoes, and hit the pavement to train today.

THE 5KM FUN RACE

The 5K run is a long-distance road running competition over a distance of five kilometres (3.107 miles). Also referred to as the 5K road race5 km, or simply 5K, it is the shortest of the most common road running distances. It is usually distinguished from the 5000 metres track running event by stating the distance in kilometres, rather than metres.

Among road running events, the 5K distance is mostly popular with novice or infrequent runners or joggers, as it is comparatively easier to complete the distance without endurance training. This also makes the distance suitable for people looking to improve or maintain their general physical fitness, rather than develop long-distance running abilities. The brevity of the distance means that less time is required to take part in the activity and that people from a wide range of ages and abilities may participate. From a physiological perspective, five kilometres is towards the low end of endurance running

Similar to other road running events, many organised 5K running events incorporate an element of charity running.[2] Runners may elect to raise money for a chosen charity on the condition of their completion of the race.[7] This is typically optional, with other participants running for pleasure. The 5K distance is particularly popular among women and a number of annual women-only races are organised over this distance.


MARATHON MAP

ELDORET CITYMARATHON MAP

MARATHON RULES

The main rule is to avoid doping and compete cleanly. Other rules include: 


SPONSORS

The sponsors of the Eldoret City Marathon are classified into four main categories: (i) title sponsor; (ii) platinum sponsor; (iii) silver sponsor; and (iv) bronze sponsor. The amount of sponsorship and benefits of each category are shown below: 

TITLE SPONSOR 

ELDORET CITY MARATHON TITLE SPONSOR

The benefits enjoyed by a title sponsor include:

  • Brand recognition on banners: Welcome banner, start & finish lines. 
  • Brand recognition on events’ t-shirts
  • Brand recognition on marathon advertisements/marketing/promotional materials
  • Company recognition in all media platforms
  • Brand recognition on website with link to the company
  • Complimentary expo booth
  • Recognition on water station
  • Insert in race packets
  • Complimentary entries to the race
  • Recognition on social media platforms – Twitter/Facebook/Instagram
PLATINUM SPONSOR

Eldoret City Marathon Platinum Sponsor

The benefits enjoyed by a platinum sponsor include:

  • Brand recognition on marathon advertisements/marketing/promotional materials
  • Brand recognition on website with link to the company
  • Complimentary expo booth
  • Recognition on water station
  • Recognition on social media platforms – Twitter/Facebook/Instagram
SILVER SPONSOR

ELDORET CITY MARATHON SILVER SPONSOR

The benefits of being a silver sponsor include:

  • Brand recognition on banners: Welcome banner
  • Brand recognition on website with link to the company
  • Complimentary expo booth
  • Recognition on water station
  • 2 complimentary entries to the race
  • Recognition on social media platforms – Twitter/Facebook/Instagram
BRONZE SPONSOR

ELDORET CITY MARATHON BRONZE SPONSOR

The benefits of a bronze sponsor include:

  • Brand recognition on banners: Welcome 
  • Brand recognition on events’ t-shirts
  • Brand recognition on website with link to the company
  • Complimentary expo booth
  • Recognition on water station
  • Insert in race packets
  • 2 complimentary entries to the race
  • Recognition on social media platforms – Twitter/Facebook/Instagram

PRIZES

ELDORET CITY MARATHON PRIZE STRUCTURE

We pride ourselves in being the highest paying marathon in Africa. During our first edition of our marathon in 2018, we awarded the top ten finishers in both the male and female 42.2KM races. In 2019, we expanded the winners’ bracket to include the top 20 finishers in both the men and female 42.2KM race. The prize money structure is shown on the left.  


OUR POLICY ON DOPING

We have a strict policy against doping. The winners in the 42.2KM marathon are subjected to drugs test by the Anti-doping Authority of Kenya (ADAK). Our policy is to award participants who compete and win cleanly. 


TIPS TO APPROACH THE MARATHON

1.Keep a training log. Write down your daily mileage, run times, race distance and times, and how you feel. It’s hard to remember what you did later, so write it down immediately.

2. Increase weekly mileage by 10 percent. This allows for a gradual increase in mileage and reduces the risk of injury over time.

3. Include a “cut back” week every third or fourth week of training. This means reducing your mileage and using it as an easy week.

4.Run three or four days a week. Include one long run, two shorter runs for speed and strength, and an optional easy recovery run day. For speed, focus on your run pace one day a week by running slightly faster in short increments of time or distance. For strength, include some hills one run each week. Long runs are runs that increase your distance. Run these at a slow, comfortable pace, about 1 or 2 minutes per mile slower than your expected goal pace.

5. Always alternate a hard day with an easy day, or a day off.

6. Always allow at least ONE day a week completely OFF for rest and recovery. Two days a week is okay when you’re new to marathon training, too!

7.Monitor your resting heart rate. Take your resting pulse each morning before arising. Keep track of it in your training log. After several readings, you will have a baseline number. As our fitness improves, our resting pulse decreases. If you see your resting heart rate spike up by 10 percent or more above your normal resting pulse, take it easy that day. This can be a sign of fatigue, lack of recovery between workouts, or an illness coming on and it is best to take the day off, sleep in, or change a hard workout to a very easy one, until your resting heart rate returns to normal.

8.Consider cross-training one or two days a week to increase your aerobic conditioning without additional running. Swimming, cycling, or rowing are good options. Keep cross-training activities to 45 minutes, one or two times a week, and do them at a very moderate intensity level.

9. Consider adding strength-training to your routine twice a week. This can be weight training, or a Pilates, or Yoga class.

10. Always listen to your body. If you are tired, rest. If a workout feels hard, it is hard.

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