Since the launch of the Seeing is Believing initiative in 2003, the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has raised more than Kshs 250 million which has gone into funding programs that include the screening of 6.2 million people, 170,000 surgical interventions, training of over 2000 health workers and upgrading of more than 10 health facilities around the country.
Seeing is Believing is the Bank’s global initiative aimed at tackling avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The Bank collaborates with International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and leading eye care organisations and raises funds for investment in eye care projects that have long-term impact in areas of high need.
Yesterday at the launch of the 2018 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, we got to hear the stories of some school going children who were beneficiaries of the marathon through the eye procedures they underwent. It was really heartbreaking to hear that preventable blindness is overtaking the lives of kids whose main worry should be where they’ll play tomorrow. But through your help, we can make their lives easier by running the marathon in October.
Last year’s event, despite being a difficult Year, attracted over 20,000 participants from all walks of life. This year, the marathon aims to bring a crowd of over 25,000 participants.
For the second time, the biggest road race in the region will be hosted at Railway Club on Sunday October 28th, 2018 as the traditional host venue, Nyayo Stadium is still undergoing renovations. Registration will go on till 30th September 2018. All registrations, individual and corporates, will be done online via www.sc.com/ke/Nairobimarathon at a fee of Kshs 2,000. Thereafter, participants will collect their running kits from 22nd October 2018 at the kit collection EXPO at KICC grounds.
“This year we are targeting to raise Kes 60 million. All the proceeds from registration will be channelled to the Seeing is Believing initiative, which focuses on addressing avoidable blindness among children below 15 years. The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2018 is special to the Bank since we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Seeing is Believing initiative,” said Mr. Lamin Manjang, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Kenya.
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Mr. Manjang disclosed that the Bank will invest close to Kshs 100 million in funding this year’s event. This includes more than Kshs 8 million prize money that will be awarded to the various winners in the competitive races.
The Standard Chartered Marathon 2018 will feature six race categories;
- 42km male and female
- 21km male and female
- 10km male and female
- 21km wheelchair male and female
- 5km Family Fun Run race and
- The popular 3km CEO challenge.
The organizers have maintained last year’s route for the 2018 race. However, some minor changes will be made on the location of the race starting points at the Railway Club venue.