Several roads to be closed to Sunday’s StanChart Marathon

All roads leading into the Southern bypass will be closed
The Marathon will start and end at the Uhuru Gardens
There are over 14,000 people who have registered to run

Organizers have announced that roads leading in and out of the Southern bypass will be closed on Saturday midnight ahead of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon which will be held on Sunday morning.

The Uhuru Gardens, along Lang’ata Road will be the starting and finishing points and this means a traffic disruption for people using the road. Organizers have mapped the Marathon route along the scenic southern bypass overlooking the Nairobi National Park.

All interchanges to the Southern Bypass to be shut down; Dagoretti interchange will be partially closed, Uhuru Highway, Waiyaki Way, Langata Road, Dagoretti Road, and Enterprise Road will all be used as detour routes for motorists.

Within the allotted time, trucks from the Inland Container Depot (ICD) will be rerouted to Mombasa Road.

Roads closed from midnight

The roads will be closed at midnight Saturday and re-opened at 1:30am once the entire route has been cleared of any runners.

“We have created traffic diversions and provided access to alternative routes during the designated marathon hours. We recommend that users of the Southern Bypass use these routes. To ensure a smooth flow of traffic, we ask for the public’s cooperation with the traffic officers we have stationed around the routes. Additionally, we wish to reaffirm that strong security measures will be used to protect attendees,” said Nairobi Deputy Traffic Police Commander Mary Kiarie.

According to organizers, 14,000 athletes have already registered for different categories of race day.

The main Category will be the men and women’s 42km which has attracted 172 elite athletes including Asbel Kipruto, Bravin Kiprop, Prisca Jeptoo, Shyline Jepkorir Toroitich, Ezra Kipketer Tanui and Asbel Kipsang.

There will also be the half marathon which guns off at 7:45am, the 10km and 5km fun run, 21km wheelchair as well as the 42km corporate relay run.

ADAK to be involved 

Peter Gitau, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee

“We will strive to deliver an inclusive, sustainable, and accessible marathon for all. To protect the integrity of the event, the organising committee is also collaborating closely with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK),” said Peter Gitau, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee.

He added; “This will complement the services of the Race Technical Director, Route Marshals and CCTV cameras along the course to deliver a world-class marathon and experience to all participants.”

The marathon has capped the registration fee at Sh2,000 and extended registration period to 28th October. Participants can also register and pick their running kit on the spot by visiting the running kit collection centre at Uhuru Gardens between 24th and 29th October.

All marathon proceeds go towards the Futuremakers initiative. Futuremakers empowers the next generation to learn, earn and grow by focussing on education, employability, and entrepreneurship.

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