Eldoret City Marathon director Moses Tanui has assured the athletes who took part in last year’s edition that their pending bills will be sorted out on Friday 10th March.
The winners plus the athletes who participated in the marathon’s fourth edition last year had not been paid due to technical issues. The winners of the marathon will receive 3.5 million each while the top 20 finishers will also be awarded.
In the men’s category, Victor Kipchirchir defended his title at 2 hours,13 minutes, and 10 seconds in front of Michael Mutai who recorded 2 hours,13 minutes, and 23 seconds. Josephat Bett finished the third with a 2:13:58 record.
On the other hand, Emily Chebet emerged as the ladies’ category winner with a 2:29:57 record ahead of Shaline Jepkorir who clocked 2:30:13 while Lillian Jelegat was third with 2:30:23.
“I want to tell the athletes that it was not my wish to delay the prize money and I understand how it feels when one is waiting to be paid after competing. There were technical issues that affected the whole process but on Friday everybody will be rewarded.” Tanui said during a media briefing in Eldoret town on Monday.
Tanui who is also the former London Marathon Winner added that this year’s edition will be held at a later date and it is purposed to nurture young talented athletes.