It’s that time of the year again, this weekend over 22,000 people will be slipping on their running shoes to take part in the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.
This year the Marathon is the flagship project for the Futuremakers initiative which is a global campaign started by Standard Chartered bank in order to open opportunities for the next generation to learn, earn and grow.
Standard Chartered chairman Peter Gitau wrote, “As we venture into new frontiers and take on new challenges, I would like us to appreciate the power of taking one step at a time. When the idea to do a marathon was conceived, what we had in mind was not even close to what it has become today.
“It was a daunting task, but we took it on, one step at a time and now, 17 years later, look at us. We achieved our USD 100 Million target, two years ahead of time and have embarked on a new challenge. “
Futuremakers is a new initiative that will invite disadvantaged young people, particularly girls and the visually impaired, to gain new skills in order to improve their chances of entering the work force.
Standard Charted hope to raise $50 million by 2023 to tackle inequality and increase economic inclusion for young people.
Sunday’s event will include six different categories, 42km male and female, 21km male and female, 10km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km family fun run and the new revamped CEO race.
The CEO race will be known as the corporate relay challenge where five participants will collectively complete the 42km full marathon with the winning team taking home KES 150,000 towards the charity of their choice.
To date the marathon has hosted over 244,000 people and raised millions of dollars.
To register for the marathon, click here — https://www.nairobimarathon.com/how-to-register/