Message from the chairman

Dear participant,

Thank you for joining us this for the 17th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.

As we venture into new frontiers and take on new challenges, I would like us to appreciate the power of taking one step at a time. When the idea to do a marathon was conceived, what we had in mind was not even close to what it has become today. It was a daunting task, but we took it on, one step at a time and now, 17 years later, look at us. We achieved our USD 100 Million target, two years ahead of time and have embarked on a new challenge. 

This year’s event will be held on 27th October. After a 2 year absence, I am pleased to inform you that we shall be returning to “the home of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon”, Nyayo Stadium. This means we shall also revert to the route used in 2016.

Through your support, the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has become the largest single day sporting event Kenya.  Since inception, we have hosted over 244,000 runners and raised over 2 Million Dollars. This year we plan to host over 25,000 participants and to raise KES 60Mn to go towards “Future makers”, our new community initiative aimed at supporting the youth in Kenya. 

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 newly revamped CEO Race. This race will now be known as the Corporate Relay Challenge. This is a team relay, whereby five participants will collectively complete the 42Km Full marathon. The winning team to take home KES 150,000 towards a charity of their choice. I look forward to both corporate and individual teams taking up our CEO on his challenge.


As we aim to showcase the beautiful city of Nairobi, the route will take runners through Nairobi’s most iconic landmark, the Kenya International Conference Centre (KICC).  The Kit Collection Expo will be held at the same venue from the 15th to the 26th of October. 

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. 

The integrity of the race is of utmost importance to us, I would like to assure participants that we have put in place stringent standards to ensure that the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon measures up to the requisite IAAF standards. Like in the previous editions, we shall continue to employ the Chip technology in all races and aerial surveillance cameras from our broadcast partner. To ensure a clean sport we collaborate closely with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). 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, you have continued to demonstrate your commitment to profiling the city of Nairobi by sponsoring this event that showcases our beautiful city thus promoting sports tourism. I would like to single out the following partners and sponsors who have continued to support us in growing this event: Athletic Kenya, Nairobi City County Government, All Terrain Services, Subaru, AUA Industria, Kenya International Conference Centre) (KICC) and Fairmont. Together we will continue to grow the level of investment in the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon to enhance its profile. Your efforts and interventions have helped to change the lives of thousands of people in this country.

I cannot forget the runners who have supported us throughout the years, I call upon you to join us once again. Whichever run you register for, go out and challenge yourself to do your best. I hope you enjoy this year’s edition as we Run for a Reason together.

I look forward to witnessing the unveiling of a new crop of stars on 27th October 2019.

Peter Gitau, 

Standard Chartered COO and Chairman, Marathon Local Organising Committee