Stanbic Nakuru City Marathon will be held annually in Nakuru.
This was revealed on Sunday as the first one of its kind was held in Nakuru.
The cold Sunday morning was an added advantage for the participants in the race that kicked off at the Stanbic Nakuru branch, Kenyatta Avenue.
With over 3,000 participants taking part in, Daniel Simiyu (male category) and Catherine Reline (female category) emerged winners in the 21km category.
Cornelius Kemboi (male category) and Daisy Jepkemei (female category) also took lead in the 10km category.
The event also attracted elite athletes including World Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei and 1,500m Olympic World Champion and Boston Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui.
Speaking when he graced the event, Nakuru County Governor, H.E. Lee Kinyanjui congratulated the winners for shining in the first time event in Nakuru.
He said such is a great move towards nurturing talents.
“I am proud to be here today to launch this marathon. I am an advocate for promoting and nurturing young talent and I believe we have witnessed future world record runners here today. I wish to commend the winners of the marathon races” said Kinyanjui.
The event was made possible through Stanbic Bank’s investment of Ksh10million.
“I would like to congratulate the winners of all the races here today. You are a true embodiment of tenacity and have demonstrated what it takes to set your mind on a target, persevere and follow your dreams” said Stanbic Bank’s Chief Executive Charles Mudiwa.