About The Marathon
Standard Chartered Bank will this year host the 17th 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 ‘Futuremakers’ initiative; a new global campaign by Standard Chartered Bank to open opportunities for the next generation to learn, earn and grow.
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 towards the ‘Futuremakers’ initiative to open opportunities for the next generation to learn, earn and grow.
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 marathon 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, the family fun run and the Corporate Relay Challenge, the Nairobi marathon has something for everyone.