Defending champion Philemon Baaru has retained his title as he won the men’s 42 KM Safaricom Marathon in a time of 2:22:21 for a record sixth time.
Jane Ngima finished first in the women’s 42 KM in a time of 2:51:36 followed by Esther Macharia. Mary Mwaniki came in a distant third.
“I am very glad to have clinched my sixth title in the Safaricom Marathon. The race was tough and I faced stiff competition, but given that I usually train in such terrain, I managed to emerge victorious. I thank God and all the organisers of this event.” said Philemon Mbaaru.
In the men’s 42 KM race, Peter Wahome came in second and Silus Mutari finished in third place.
Munene Moris won the 21 KM men’s category in 1:05:39 with Kiprono Kipkemboi Kimutai and Sylus finishing in second and third respectively.
Mary Ng’endo won the 21 KM race in 1:15:14 beating the defending champion, Lepekana Lodepa who finished second. Esther Wangoi was third.
The races were flagged off by her Excellency the First Lady of Kenya, Margret Kenyatta flanked by Nicholas Ng’anga, Chairman of the Board of Directors Safaricom.
The Safaricom Marathon has grown from a comparatively small event to one of the toughest races and a must-do for marathon enthusiasts raising over KES 675 million since inception.
Funds raised by the Safaricom Marathon are geared towards wildlife conservation and development initiatives among them; Lewa Conservancy, Northern Rangelands Trust, Mt. Kenya Trust, Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, Space for Giants, Koiyaki Guide School, Olare Orok Conservation Trust, Lamu Marine Conservation Trust, Watamu Turtle Watch, Bongo Surveillance Project, Kibodo Trust, Tsavo Trust, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Big Life Foundation and Borana Conservancy.