NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Julius Kipyego Keter is relishing the chance to set a
new course record when he competes in the Nairobi International
Marathon on October 28.
expecting over 25,000 entries, Kenya’s premier road race will
have one of the biggest entries running for a variety of
Keter, who finished
second at the 2017 Hong Kong Marathon, faces a stiff challenge
in his quest for glory, as Edinburgh Marathon champion Julius
Kiplagat Korir has also thrown his hat into the ring.
“I’m targeting a
fast time at home. It is a high altitude course, but that does
not mean nobody can run faster than two hours and ten minutes,”
The current record
time in Nairobi stands at 2:09:11 set by Wesley Kibet back in
2005. Organisers have pledged to pay the winner 15,000 U.S.
Rashid Echesa urged fans to come and cheer on the athletes and
register for the race itself, which will have six event
“I will be running
in this year’s race,” said Echesa. “We want more people to come
out and support the race and have a good time as we enjoy the
This will be the 15th
running of the Nairobi Marathon since its debut in 2003.
No foreign national
has ever won the event. However, several Chinese runners,
especially in the women’s competition, came close when the race
was part of the Greatest Race on Earth (GROE) initiative. In
2007, Chinese teenager Li Lu finished second in a time of