NAIROBI, Kenya, October 18 – Traffic in and out of the southern bypass will be diverted to alternate roads between 12pm and 1pm on October 31st to make way for the StanChart Nairobi Marathon.
All junctions to the southern bypass will be closed, with the Dagoretti junction being partially closed. Motorists will be diverted to Dagoretti Road, Langata Road, Enterprise Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way.
Trucks from the Inland Container Depot (ICD) will be diverted to Mombasa Road within the agreed period.
The start and finish points are on the Carnivore Grounds and offer different racing categories: 10 km, 21 km, 21 km wheelchair races, 42 km and the 42 km company relay.
The physical marathon is limited to 2500 elite runners from Kenya and other major countries such as Uganda and Ethiopia and is run on the Southern Bypass route.
The responsible commander of the Nairobi Traffic Police (TPC), Joshua Omukata, said that everything had been done to disturb motorists and pedestrians as little as possible.
âWe have organized traffic diversions so that residents have access to alternative routes during the set marathon times. We ask the public to work with our road traffic officers to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, âhe said.
Unlike previous marathon routes, the Southern Bypass route was chosen because of the ongoing road works along the Uhuru Highway and Mombasa Road.
The route was also chosen because of its proximity to the national park, which offers a scenic route and an opportunity to use the marathon to promote tourism.
During the announcement, Peter Gitau, chairman of the local organizing committee, expressed confidence that the marathon would go smoothly.
âThis year we chose a hybrid format that combines the traditional physical mass run only for elite runners with a virtual option for the rest of the participants. Due to Covid protocols, we are limited to the number of people who can take part in the physical marathons, which is why we have also introduced a virtual marathon, âhe said
The physical race includes 10 km, 21 km, 21 km wheelchair races and the 42 km long company relay. The qualification times for top athletes have been adjusted to allow greater reach and integration, with registration for the physical marathon being based on the âfirst come, first servedâ principle.
The Kenyan contingent that has confirmed participation includes elite runners Daniel Simiyu and Rhonex Kipruto as well
The participating top Kenyan athletes include Daniel Simiyu, Ronex Kipruto as well as Chemutai Riunotukei, Fridah Jepkite Lodepa Ptoo and Brilian Jepkorir.
The marathon is making a comeback this year after being canceled in 2020 due to unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 and required containment measures.
Registration is still possible at www.nairobimarathon.com, with all proceeds going to the Futuremakers initiative.