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Several city roads to be closed on Sunday

Major roads in Nairobi will be closed on Sunday for this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, starting at Carnivore Grounds and ending at Uhuru Gardens on the Southern Bypass.

The organizers announced that from Saturday midnight, the roads that will be affected would include all roads leading into the Southern Bypass will be closed for the route of the marathon, which will include the main event, the 42km race.

Organizers have mapped the Marathon route along the scenic southern bypass overlooking the Nairobi National Park.

All interchanges to the Southern Bypass will be shut down; the Dagoretti interchange will be partially closed, and Uhuru Highway, Waiyaki Way, Langata Road, Dagoretti Road, and Enterprise Road will all be used as detour routes for motorists.

Within the allotted time, trucks from the Inland Container Depot (ICD) will be rerouted to Mombasa Road.

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Making the announcement, Nairobi Traffic Deputy Commander Mary Kiarie said normal traffic flow would resume at 1:30 pm after the conclusion of all the races.

“We have created traffic diversion and provided access to alternative routes during the designated marathon hours.

To ensure smooth flow of traffic, we ask for the public’s cooperation with the traffic officers we have stationed around the routes.

Additionally, we wish to reaffirm that there will be tight security for the attendees,” said Kiarie.

According to organizers, 14,000 athletes have already registered. 172 will line up in the day’s main race, the 42km.

Former London Marathon champion Priscah Jeptoo will headline the women’s 42 kilometers race that has also attracted Uhuru Classic Marathon silver medalist Shyline Jepkorir.

Some of the big guns in the men’s category are the 2021 Madrid Half Marathon champion Ezra Tanui, Asbel Kipruto, and Bravin Kiprop.

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Apart from the full marathon, other race categories are 21km, 21km wheelchair race, 10km, 42 km corporate relay race, and family fun race.

The 10km race has attracted the highest number of participants at 6,509, followed by the half marathon at 4000.

Eight hundred and seven athletes have registered for the full marathon, 2700 for the family fun race and 97 for the wheelchair race.

Fourteen teams will compete in the 42km corporate relay race.

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