The route of the Eldoret City Marathon, with nearly 60 turns, will not be changed until the 2022 edition scheduled for April 10, organizers said.
Last year, despite the many turns, coupled with Eldoret’s 2,095m drop, Victor Kipchirchir emerged victorious in a course record of 2:08:56, after a glorious solo race. He cut more than three minutes from Kisorio’s 2:12:38 time in 2019.
Race director Moses Tanui said the course, which starts at the University of Eldoret and ends near the Zion Mall in Eldoret town, will remain unchanged this year.
The route winds through at least 15 estates, including the leafy suburb of Elgon View.
“The route will not change this year, but with the expected completion of the Eldoret Bypass, we are considering a possible route change quite early for next year’s marathon,” said Tanui, a two-time Boston Marathon winner. .
He said the local organizing committee, together with Eldoret traffic police officers, were exploring ways to ensure doctors and ambulances had access to major hospitals during the race on Sunday.
If the course needs to be changed next year, Tanui, former three-time Boston Marathon champion Ibrahim Hussein, will take care of the measurements.
“In the future, we want the finish line to be in an iconic location in the city,” Tanui said on Wednesday.
Hussein is one of five World Athletics Certified Course Measurers. He is the only Kenyan among the certified marathon course measurers of the African “top five”.
The legendary athlete accepted the technical request to be in charge of the marathon course when the race kicked off last Friday.
The flat Chicago Marathon course has 31 turns, while New York has 26 turns. The flat courses in London and Berlin have 19 and 17 corners respectively.
Hussein, who was inducted into the 2021 New York Road Runners Hall of Fame, said he was grateful to be part of the team that will offer technical guidance as they prepare for the Eldoret City Marathon.
He said he was lucky to work with Tanui, who conquered the Boston Marathon in 1996, nearly a decade after he (Hussein) won the race.
“After we retire (from active running), it’s always an athlete’s wish to stay in athletics forever. So, I’m the lucky one, Tanui too. I’m in the administration of the athletics and number one in World Athletics as a course measurer,” Hussein said.
“For a course to be certified and placed in the world rankings, it must be certified. It is my duty to come and support the richest marathon in Africa. I have already certified the course and am ready to do it again,” added Agnes Tirop World Cross Tour Course Director Hussein.