History of the Marathon
The Family Bank Half Marathon was launched in 2007 as a platform to nurture raw talent in an already fertile ground at the City of Champions, Eldoret. The Marathon has been a perfect springboard propelling talented athletes to even greater success on the international stage. Solomon Bushiendich who won in 2008 and went on to shine at the Amsterdam, Lille and Rotterdam Marathons. Moses Kigen won the 2009 and 2010 Family Bank Half Marathon and went on to win the Standard Chartered Marathon in 2009 and even finished 6th at the Boston Marathon. Priscah Cheptoo winner of 2009 and 2010 Family Bank Half Marathon won in 2011 Paris Marathon, Milano in 2009, Valencia in 2010 and Podofa Italy in 2010. Other past winners include Mercy Kibarus, 2013 Brussels IAAF 12KM medalist and Wilson Kipsang, 2013 Berlin Marathon.
In 2016 and 2017, the Marathon shifted its key focus to not only nurturing raw talent but also raising funds in support of inclusive education for autistic children in Uasin Gishu County. The first beneficiary was Sosiani Primary School in the county. Through the proceeds from the Marathon and Family Bank Limited, Sosiani Primary School benefitted from a specialized classroom, one of its kind in the Rift Valley Region, that seeks to provide a conducive learning environment for students with autism at a cost of Sh500,000. In addition, the school also benefitted from the installation of a water storage facility for easy access to clean and safe water for autistic pupils in the school.
The 21-kilometre annual event is held every first Sunday of the month of October and it is recognised by the Athletics Kenya (AK) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
About the 2018 Family Group Eldoret Half Marathon
It is from seeing the impact of enhancing inclusive education among children with special needs that this year, the Marathon expanded its wings to rally more partners; corporate and individual supporters, to join the noble cause of creating a conducive learning environment to autistic children across the country, one lace at a time.
Marking its 11th edition, this year’s Marathon, which is now the Family Group Eldoret Half Marathon seeks to meet the following objectives:
- Raise funds for the support of inclusive education for autistic children
- Identify and nurture raw local athletic talent
- Provide an environment for Kenyans and the international community to run and connect for a cause