About The Standard Chartered Marathon

About The Standard Chartered Marathon

Standard Chartered Bank will this year host the 14th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon. The Bank, with the support of event organizers, Athletics Kenya, have built an event that has become internationally renowned and has placed Kenya on the international map. The Marathon is the flagship project for our ‘Seeing is Believing’ community imitative that aims to raise funds for the needy in the community.

Last year’s event attracted over 22,000 participants from all walks of life.

The objectives of the marathon are to:

  • Raise the profile of Kenya internationally;
  • Help identify and provide opportunity for the local athletic talent to excel;
  • Help boost tourism to Kenya;
  • Create a community event for everyone's enjoyment; and
  • Raise funds for the needy in the community, that is, our "Seeing is Believing" community initiative.

The marathon has achieved all these objectives in good measure. It has put Kenya on the world map as it continues to attract international runners therefore increasing the profile of our nation. Furthermore, hundreds of people have traveled to Kenya to run the last 10 marathons and after the event have proceeded on holiday to some of Kenya’s tourist attractions.

The marathon has received vast media coverage over the years which have seen the event broadcasted around Africa and other international news channels as well as in our local media.

The Nairobi Marathon has also served as a platform where budding athletes have launched their international careers. Since the launch of the Marathon in 2003 only one winner has successfully defended their title. Every year the marathon produces new winners.

The Nairobi Marathon is now an event for all Kenyans, including corporate organizations that use it as a forum for team building.

This year, Standard Chartered extended its sponsorship for the marathon for another five years. Together with Athletics Kenya, we have creatively modeled the Nairobi Marathon into different categories to suit all. From the grueling full and half marathon that call for extreme courage and endurance, to the 10km, the wheelchair race and the family fun run, the Nairobi marathon has something for everyone.

Seeing Is Believing

In 2015 we made tremendous steps in restoration of children’s sight:

o  51,890 children underwent eye screening;

o  1,914 children underwent surgery and had their sight restored;

o  6,862 children were treated for allergic conjunctivitis;

o  1,345 children were treated for refractive error;

o 754 teachers of sighted children were trained on vision screening; general eye heath examination; provision of eye health education in their schools; and making appropriate referrals;

o 354 community health extension workers and 244 community health workers were trained on conducting eye health education, vision screening and eye health examination.

  • The implementing partners together with staff volunteers conducted the following ‘Seeing is Believing’ clinics where 1,090 people were screened:

o  Eye clinic in Nakuru at the Kaptembwa dwelling as part of the Bank’s community support during the

o  Rift Valley Odyssey cycling race sponsored by Standard Chartered;

o  Eye clinic during the launch of the 2015 edition of the Nairobi Marathon in Nyayo Stadium

Capacity building

Through Seeing is Believing, the Bank has purchased state-of-the-art equipment for the beneficiary hospitals, constructed and refurbished eye care health facilities, provided training for eye care medical personnel to increase their capacity and improve delivery of services.

In August last year, Standard Chartered Bank donated eye care equipment valued at KShs.18.5 million to the Ministry of Health. The equipment included slit lamps; auto refractors; refraction sets; lenses; spectacle frames; and low vision devices. The spectacles and equipment were distributed to four tertiary and 18 secondary hospitals across the country. These include Kenyatta National Hospital; Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital; Coast General Hospital; Nyeri and Garissa Provincial Hospitals; Kitale, Narok and Malindi District Hospitals.

We have funded the expansion of eye clinics at Kapsabet, Kapenguria, Iten and UasinGishu district hospitals. The new clinics have consultation rooms, mini theatres and state-of-the-art eye equipment.

We strive to improve child eye health service delivery and strengthen referral systems from primary to tertiary level, in order to enhance access to quality, timely and comprehensive child eye-care services. This will be attained through strengthening of human resources for child eye health as well as in managerial aspects, from primary to tertiary level.

Our achievement in 2015 on capacity building includes:

o 754 teachers of sighted children were trained on vision screening; general eye heath examination; provision of eye health education in their schools; and making appropriate referrals;

o 354 community health extension workers and 244 community health workers were trained on conducting eye health education, vision screening and eye health examination.

Our sponsors

Our sponsors continue to support both the Nairobi Marathon and the ‘Seeing is Believing charity initiative with their immense generosity.

These sponsors are:

  • Majestic Printers – who have provided all the stationery and promotional materials;
  • Jubilee Insurance – who provide medical insurance for all participants and officials
  • G4S – in charge of a comprehensive security plan
  • Nakumatt – providing registration support
  • Avenue Healthcare – doing exactly as there name suggest providing medical logistics, first aid and Health care
  • Alpine Coolers– who have provided water for the event for the last ten years;
  • Internet Solutions  – who have provided network and connectivity services for ease of participants’ registration;
  • Parapet – ensure the event venue and marathon route is cleaner than we found it
  • Subaru Kenya – who generously continue to provide lead cars for the various races.
  • Safaricom – who are our Telecommunication Partner
  • Nation Media Group – who are our Media Partner

We have also partnered with leading health clubs to provide advice on nutrition and training packages for the participants.

The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has been a big success. The standards of the event are being raised year on year. We have maintained six distinct races as follows:

  • Full Marathon (42 KM) road race for men and women
  • Half Marathon (21KM) road race for men and women
  • 10KM road race for men and women
  • Wheelchair race (21KM)
  • 5KM Family Fun Run
  • CEO invite Race (3.5KM)
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