Kenyan athletes are gearing up for the lucrative 2016 Canken Road Race to be held in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada in September.
Some of the elite runners who the organizers have invited in the 1.8 million shillings prize money 5km road run includes Toronto Marathon 10km champion Winnie Chebet, Ottawa Marathon 10km champion Peres Jepchirchir and Ottawa Marathon bronze medalist Domnic Ondoro.
The race which was launched last week in Ontario, and is slated for September 18, 2016 will be graced by Mama Sarah Obama who will issue medals to the winners.
This year’s edition is different in that even the government, through Kenya High Commission in Canada, will use the occasion to market Kenya as a tourism destination to the rest of the world.
CanKen Sports Club President Eliud Lagat said they are expecting an increase in the number of participants since the race will include participants from the tourism, trade and sports expo sectors apart from the elite athletes.
“The CanKen Road Race will feature 5km men and women races whose winners will pocket 1.8 million shillings in both category. This the largest 5km run prize package in Canada. We will also have a 5km charity walk as well as 1km children’s contest,” noted Lagat.
Lagat said the race will be upscale to include 10km and 21km (half marathon) categories next year and later to a 42km full marathon.
“ We have a vision to upgrade this race into marathon status in order to accommodate more Kenyan athletes since Kenya is synonymous with dominant prowess in athletics and is the ‘cradle of the middle and long distance running’ with the world’s best marathoners of all time. This event will put the host City of Mississauga on the world stage,” said Lagat.