Rotich, Jepkemoi win the 5th edition of Eldoret City Marathon


Eldoret, Kenya – 21st April 2024 … Victor Rotich Kipchirchir and Emily Jepkemoi are the winners of the fifth edition of the Eldoret City Marathon held on Sunday, April 21st, 2024, Uasin Gishu County.

In chilly conditions, Rotich crossed the finish line with a time of 2:12:49, successfully defending his title for the third consecutive year and claiming the top spot in the men’s 42 KM race. Close behind were Felix Kipsang and Evans Kipruto, finishing second and third with times of 2:12:52 and 2:13:16, respectively.

“I am thrilled to have defended my title for the third year in a row. It is not easy, but with God’s grace, good preparation, and training, I am glad I have managed. Although I started slowly, I gradually picked up the pace and eventually took the lead. This race holds immense value for me, as it has transformed my life in a bigger way.  Winning on home ground fills me with pride. I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Moses Tanui, the founder of this marathon, and to sponsors like Safaricom for their contributions to its success.” Said Victor Rotich.

Elsewhere, Emily Jepkemoi from West Pokot, who finished fourth in the last edition, overcame tough competition to emerge as the winner in the women’s race with a time of 2:30:13. Martha Akeno claimed second place with a time of 2:31:52, just one minute behind Jepkemoi, while Joan Jepkosgei secured the third position with a time of 2:34:15.

“I thank God and my coach for today’s victory. Last edition, I finished in fourth position, and today I am delighted to have emerged as the winner. This is a huge blessing for me and my family, as I will use the money to uplift my family back in West Pokot.” Said Emilly Jepkemoi.

Both Rotich and Jepkemoi each pocketed KES 3.5 million in cash, while the first runners-up, Felix Kipsang and Martha Akeno, took home KES 1.5 million each. The second runners-up, Evans Kipruto and Joan Jepkosgei, each walked away with KES 1 million.

In addition, all the top 20 winners in both men and women categories received Neon Ultra phones, the first locally assembled 4G smartphone in Kenya and airtime courtesy of Safaricom.

Elsewhere, Festus Kipkemoi emerged the winner in the 10 KM category after clocking 32:16.2.  Benson Chondi from Kakamega finished second, with Ethiopian Abderezak Alewo settling for the third position in 33:53.4 and 36:44.4 respectively.

The fifth edition of the Eldoret City Marathon received KES 4.3 million sponsorship from Safaricom. The annual marathon event held in the ‘City of Champions’ is the brainchild of two-time Boston marathon champion Moses Tanui.  It aims to provide a platform for upcoming, talented athletes and to help shine a spotlight on conservation of the environment.

This year, the event attracted a larger entrance, with 800 participants from Kenya and beyond the borders.  

Eldoret City Marathon Individual Prizes

1Victor Rotich Kipchirchir3,500,000Emily Jepkemoi3,500,000
2Felix Kipsang Mutai1,500,000Martha Akeno1,500,000
3Evans Kipruto1,000,000Joan Jepkosgei Kilimo1,000,000
4Onesmus Kiplimo Kiplagat   700,000Jerono Peris   700,000
5Edwin Kiptoo Kimeli   550,000Delvine Relin   550,000
6Elias Kemboi Chelimo450,000Irene Jerobon450,000
7Bernard Kipkemoi350,000Joy Joyce Kemuma350,000
8Kenneth Korir250,000Viola Chemos250,000
9Bothwell Kiprono Chemueno150,000Harriet Jepchumba Chebore150,000
10Wilfred Kemboi100,000Gladys Kemboi100,000
11Sonto Erick90,000Mercy Kipchumba90,000
12Abraham Kiplimo80,000Gladys Jeruto Kiptoo80,000
13David Kiprono Metto70,000Celestine Jepchumba Kemei70,000
14Luke Kibet60,000Bency Chepngeno60,000
15Ismael Cheboror50,000Chelangat Sang50,000
16Obadiah Kiprop Mayio40,000Susy Chebet Chemaimak40,000
17Joshua Kimutai Kandagor30,000Lucy Chelele30,000
18Oscar Okapel Okiring20,000Rael Jepyator Kimaiyio20,000
19Alpha Malinga Kisa15,000Vivian Jerotich15,000
20Josphat Kipkoech10,000Nancy Jebet Koech10,000

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