Message from the Chairman

The Covid-19 pandemic has indeed disrupted our lives in different ways and brought a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. With the suspension of sporting activities globally, it was an extremely tough year for our athletes. It was a no-brainer that we would take up any chance to rebuild a safe platform for our athletes to go back to competitive running.

To be able to host the marathon at this time is a show of the support, confidence, and commitment from all our partners, sponsors and stakeholders. This teamwork has been key in all our previous successes, and it will definitely be what carries us through the exciting challenge we are about to embark on.

Hosting the very first hybrid marathon in our country places us in a unique position. We have already identified numerous partnership opportunities that will allow us to bring in more sectors within the support system of athletics in Kenya. One of the new partnerships coming in this year is with the Kenya Forest Services who have diligently served our country through the preservation and promotion of clean green spaces. The warm-up races scheduled in the lead-up of the marathon will allow us to enter into a better-structured partnership to enhance such spaces for safe running while at the same time educating our community on the importance of forest preservation.

We acknowledge that technological advances have penetrated the sporting industry within our country at a relatively slow pace. The virtual marathon alternative has steered us into finding maximum leverage for sports within the digital space.

With the possibility of engaging more runners in a safer, faster, and more efficient manner, virtual engagements will help us build a wider marathon community and enable us to walk with all our participants through their race preparation journeys. We look forward to creating a virtual experience that attracts mass participation from all over the world.

Last but not least, the physical marathon remains a crucial element for us. From the likes of Eliud Kipchoge, Catherine Ndereba, and David Rudisha, our runners have flown the Kenyan flag high. Their efforts and talent play such a huge role in our heritage and identity as the home of running champions. We are privileged to be providing a platform for the future champions through the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.

Special thanks goes to our partners: Nairobi City County, Ministry of Sports, Athletics Kenya, AAR Healthcare, Dimension Data, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Subaru Kenya, Kenya Forest Services, Tamarind Group and KICC with whom we are working closely to ensure a successful 2021 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.

We are excited for the challenge and opportunities ahead of us and look forward to walking the journey with all of you.

Thank you.

Peter Gitau,
Standard Chartered Bank COO and Chairman, Nairobi Marathon Local Organising Committee.