Message from the chairman

Dear participant.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to take part in the 15th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.

Through your support, the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has become the largest single day sporting event Kenya. This year we plan to host over 25,000 participants, 600 volunteers and 300 support staff.

This year’s event will feature six race categories; 42km male and female, 21km male and female, 10km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km Family Fun Run race and the CEO Fun Run. As we mark 15 years since inception and aim to showcase the beautiful city of Nairobi, the route will now take runners through Nairobi’s most iconic landmark, the Kenya International Conference Centre (KICC). In addition, We continue to introduce new measures every year to enhance your experience at the event. This year, Kit collection EXPO will be held from the 19th to the 28th of October at the KICC. This is in line with our desire to comply with standards observed in international marathons.

Our journey to digitize the marathon continues; all registrations will be done online to make the process fast, easy and seamless. Our vision is to gather comprehensive data of all participants to increase the level of engagement before, during and after the marathon. Going forward, it will also ensure subsequent registrations are easy and faster.


I would like to reiterate our commitment to upholding the highest levels of professionalism at Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon events. I would like to commend Athletics Kenya (AK) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for strengthening the anti-doping procedures.

I would like to assure participants that we have put in place several mechanisms to lock out fraudsters. Like in the previous editions, we shall continue to employ the Chip technology in all races and aerial surveillance cameras from our broadcast partner. This will complement the services of the Technical Director, Route Marshals and CCTV cameras along the course.

I am grateful to our title sponsors Standard Chartered Bank. In line with the Bank’s commitment Here for good, the Bank has continued to demonstrate commitment to raising the profile of the city of Nairobi by sponsoring this event.

A warm welcome, in advance, to the runners, volunteers and supporters from all over the country as we converge in Nairobi to “Run for a Reason”. I look forward to witnessing the unveiling of a new crop of stars on 26th November 2017.

Thank you.

Peter Gitau

Chairman, Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.