The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has launched a six-week training program for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who will be taking part in the 2022 marathon.
Persons with Disabilities will participate in the 21kms Wheelchair race and 42kms Relay race alongside the 42kms Full Marathon, 21kms Half Marathon, 10kms and the 5kms Family Fun Run. This is part of the marathon’s agenda to support diversity and inclusion by increasing the participation of persons with disabilities.
The program builds on the partnership with Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), Sight Savers and Light for the World; with renowned marathoner, Douglas Wakihuuri as the lead trainer for over 50 participants who have disabilities.
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Marathon
Speaking during the launch event at Parklands Sports Club, Mr. Peter Gitau, Chair of the Local Organising Committee said that they believe in a fair and balanced world, where everyone is welcome to participate and given the same chances in a safe and inclusive environment. “We aim to boost access and equality within our events by running outreach programmes and partnering with local organisations to understand how we can improve accessibility to our events for people living with disabilities.”
The Marathon Organising Committee has worked with Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) over many years to mobilize wheelchair race participants for the marathon This includes the verification of the routes and venues for the wheelchair participants as well as putting together the requirements of the wheelchair participants for the marathon. Last year, the marathon hosted 86 wheelchair race participants.
Sustainability in the Marathon
“The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has evolved from being just a sporting event to becoming a platform for driving sustainability and community engagement initiatives. It has become an event that promotes innovation, collaboration and solidarity amongst participants and spectators and have a positive impact on the natural environment. This is aligned to global trends to integrate sustainability into major sporting events”, said Mr. Gitau.
The Bank released its first Marathon Sustainability Report highlighting their impact on the environment and the community through strategic partnerships. For instance, the bank recycled 100 percent of waste generated from the 2021 marathon, eradicated single-use plastics in the event, planted over 11000 tree seedlings, over 80 PWDS’ participated in the marathon and supported 5 local charities from the funds raised from the marathon.
This year, through the slogan ‘a tree per runner’ the marathon targets to plant at least 25,000 trees.
Registration for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon is open for both virtual and the physical marathon.
Individual and corporate participants are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird entry fee of Ksh2,000 up to 10th October 2022. From 10th October to 16th October, the entry fee will go up to Ksh2,500.
Funds raised through the marathon go towards Futuremakers by Standard Chartered. This initiative supports disadvantaged young people-especially girls and young people with disabilities-to gain new skills and expertise to improve their chances of getting a job or starting their own business.