Eldoret to Host One of the Most Lucrative Marathons in Africa

On April 19th, dozens of professional marathoners will be competing for the biggest marathon jackpot in Africa. The organizers of the Eldoret City Marathon have announced that they already have many sponsors on board and that the event would be organized to match international standards of other world marathons. Winners will be taking home cash prizes totaling Sh 18 million.

Kenyan athletes in training


The winner of the Eldoret City Marathon will go home with Sh3.5million.

Organizer Moses Tanui announced that they want to have young talents showcase their strength at the marathon. Elite runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and the rest of the world have competed in the past.

Athletics Kenya will be offering technical support, according to Abraham Mutai who is a chairman in Central Rift Valley. Mutai promised that fans would have a chance to run alongside elite athletes.

Sponsors Standard Group said that they would support the race.

The Eldoret City Marathon is a unique event for elite runners and amateurs alike to run together. The event is meant to help fight for the cause of climate action.

Eldoret is the headquarters of Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. The first Eldoret City Marathon took place in April 2018, and a second one was held in 2019. This will be the third edition of the prestigious race.


The marathon gives an opportunity to hundreds of talented distance runners in the North Rift region to compete in an international event, opening them up to the world.

Local athletes can compete in the Eldoret City Marathon without needing an agent. The marathon organizers will be holding discussions about climate action as part of the marathon activities. More than one million tree seedlings are planted at every marathon.

There are two races in the Eldoret City Marathon: 42.2km, and 5km run.

Registration for the 2020 Eldoret City Marathon is already open.

The areas where tree planting will take place are as follows:

  • Forests managed by the state
  • County Government Land
  • Private farms, both large scale adn small scale
  • Public Institutions
  • Riparian lands
  • Recreational parks like Eldoret ARboratum
  • Urban areas
  • Road Reserves and Avenues



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