Athletics Kenya offers prize money in National Mountain Running Championships

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Athletics Kenya is offering up a prize purse of 500,000 Shillings to the 2020 Kenyan National Mountain Running Championships.

The event is taking place Sunday, Nov. 22.

Athletics Kenya Mountain Running coordinator, Peter Angwenyi, said that the money is being made available in both the men’s 10K race and the women’s 8K and junior men’s 8K.

The prize purse will be split 50,000, 25,000 and 20,000 shillings, respectively for first, second and third in the men’s race.

The women’s will be split 30,000, 24,000 and 19,000 from first through third. While the junior men’s will go 20,000, 15,000 and 10,000, respectively.

Over 300 athletes will toe the line in Naivasha, Kenya.

The course will consist of a track start followed by a climb of 930m with a downhill of 330m.

Athletics who compete in the national championships can represent their country at the World Mountain Running Championships. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but was scheduled to take place November 13-14 in Haria, Lanzarote, Spain.

The most recent winners were Joseph Gray and Grayson Murphy in 2019.

New Zealand’s Jonathan Wyatt is a six-time winner as is Andrea Mayr of Austria.

In 2008, World Athletics took over the event which was formerly called the World Mountain Running Cup. The event continues to be managed by the World Mountain Running Association.

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