Naivasha to host Athletics Kenya Mountain Running

Written By: Bernard Okumu

Lucy Murigi,the two time World Mountain Racing Champion in a previous event PICTURE:FILE Kenya is set to host its second Mountain race on November 22 2020 in Naivasha.

 

Athletics Kenya, AK has announced Naivasha as the host of this year’s Mountain race set to be held on 22nd of November .

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The  one-day event will be held at the foot of Mount Longonot  in adherence to   COVID-19 health protocols.

The race will start at Corner Stone Preparatory Academy on Mai Mahiu – Naivasha and end at Flyover. The course will consist of flat track and steep climbing of 930m and downhill of 330m.

The last Kilometer is a demanding steep hill with exciting rocky parts to the highest point of 2,685metre above the sea level in Kenton area.

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The event will see athletes battle it out in three categories – 8km junior men, 8km senior women and 10km senior men.

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The mountain running series is part of the Athletics Kenya calendar which will pave way for AK cross country season opener on November 28, 2020 in Machakos.

The registrations for the Mountain Running will be held on September 21 in Naivasha, Run2Gether Camp in Kiambogo and Longonot town and its pegged at Ksh.200 for both elite and leisure runners.

Athletics Kenya is keen on popularizing mountain running in the country .

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“Mountain running is now part of our calendar of events and we will be using the events to gauge our runners for the upcoming world major mountain running events. Also we encourage our athletes to use the mountain competition as part of building their endurance,” said Paul Mutwii AK Senior Vice President and director of competitions.

The Naivasha event will see top finishers in each category walk home with medals and cash prizes.

Last year, Kenya hosted its first Mountain running meet dubbed ‘Challenging the Heights’, in Meru County which featured various races including 2Km, 6 Km, 8Km and 12 Km. The same event is slated for February 20 at the same venue.

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Some of the major Mountain running competitions scheduled for next year includes   Pilancones Tunte Trail in Spain on January 16, 2021, European Masters Mountain Running, Trail and Nordic Walking Championships in Italy on May 28-30.

Other races include: European Mountain Running Championships in Portugal on July 3, International U18 Mountain Running Cup in England on July 24, World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Austria on September 3-5 and Mountain Running Championships in Canada September 17-19.

Kenya’s Lucy Murigi is the most successfull Kenyan runner having won the world mountain running title twice.

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