Rules & Regulations


The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon is organised in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and Athletics Kenya (AK) and the provisions stipulated below.


• Entry application will only be processed after receipt of full payment of entry fee.
• Participants of 21km and 42 km must be over 18 years of age.
• Participants in the 10 km race and Family Fun Run under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
• All participants must ensure they are medically fit to participate in the race.
• The organiser reserves the right to contact and interview applicants by phone for additional information required for matters relating to this event.
• The organisers will not be responsible for any disputes arising from incomplete/incorrect entry details.
• In accordance with IAAF requirements, all participants in the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon are subject to performance enhancing substances control procedures.
• The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry to applicants who declare false information on their entry form, do not make the required payment, or who have been banned from competition under IAAF/AK jurisdiction or who have taken banned substances or who do not meet the entry requirements as stated in the Rules and Regulations.
• The organiser reserves the right to limit or refuse entries and to close entries before the closure deadline without notice particularly when a specific quota for a race is full.
• Entries are not transferrable to other persons or to future events.
• There will be no fee refunded if the event is cancelled for whatever reason.


• Whilst every reasonable precaution will be taken by the organiser to ensure the participant’s safety, participants run at their own risk and the organisers shall not be liable for any loss and/or damage whether personal or otherwise, and howsoever arising.
• The Organisers reserve the right to use the participants’ personal data, contact information,motion pictures, recordings or any other records obtained, collected or submitted for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon for any legitimate purposes, including commercial advertising, re-marketing, marketing of other Products offered by the organizer and those offered by Sponsors to the Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon.
• Participants are required to wear an official Marathon race number on the front of their singlet/shirt.
• Personal Trainers, mentors or coaches will not be allowed on the course unless they are entered in the event and wearing an official Marathon Race Number.
• No un-official vehicles, motorbikes or bicycles are allowed on the course.
• No pets are allowed on the course.
• Race numbers and Timing chips are not transferable to other participants.
• Participants must start the event at an officially sanctioned start time only.
• Competitors are obliged to follow the instructions of Stewards, Race officials or Kenya Traffic Police at all times.
• Participants must start at the official start Line and complete the full officially measured course as indicated in this guide.
• A runner must retire from the race immediately if required to do so by any member of the official medical team identified by a reflective jacket with a red cross.
• Road closures will be lifted at the discretion of the Kenya Traffic Police. The Road opening signifies the end of the event. Any competitor still on the roads after this time is regarded by Kenya law as a pedestrian.

Wheelchair requirements.

Wheelchairs are defined as a chair fitted with wheels for use as a means of transport by a person who is unable to walk, the wheels of which are directly propelled by push rims fitted directly to the main wheels.

• The wheelchair shall have two (2) large wheels and a maximum of two (2) small wheels. The small wheel/s must be at the front of the chair.
• Wheel Dimensions – The maximum diameter of the large wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 70 cm. The maximum diameter of the small wheels including the inflated tire shall not exceed 50 cm.
• Only one plain, round, push-rim is allowed for each large wheel.
• No mechanical gears or levers are allowed to propel the wheelchair.
• The use of fairings or similar devices specifically designed to improve the aerodynamic performance of the athlete in the wheelchair are not permitted.
• Wheelchairs can be examined by the officials before or after the event.
• It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall from their wheelchair to the ground during the event.
• It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that their wheelchair conforms to the requirements stipulated above. No event shall be delayed while an athlete makes adjustments to their wheelchair.
• If the Technical Officials believe that a wheelchair and/or the athlete using it represent a safety risk they shall be  authorised to disqualify the athlete from an event.
• Wheelchair entries are limited to 100 persons. These entries are accepted on a first come first serve basis.
• Wheelchairs must follow the measured Half Marathon Route.


Hand-cycles are not permitted in the Standard Chartered Bank Nairobi Marathon Races.

Hand-cycles are differentiated from wheelchairs in that they are not propelled by push rims fitted directly to the main wheels of the chair but driven by levers, cranks and chain ring mechanism similar to a bicycle.

Finish of the Event

Road closures will be lifted by the Kenya Police in accordance with the schedule published in this runners guide. The road opening* signifies the finish of the event and any competitor on the course after this time will be excluded from the result.

After roads are open (the finish of the event) the Kenya traffic regulations apply. Any competitor still on the roads after this time is regarded by Kenya law as a pedestrian.

*A trail vehicle or the stragglers bus will advise late runners that the roads are about to open to normal everyday traffic.


It is the responsibility of the competitor to familiarise themselves with the event rules, the race formats, times and routes and any directions as published in the ‘Runners Guide’ provided with the Marathon Race Pack. Failure to comply with any of the rules may lead to disqualification.