Stan Chat Marathon program embraces Person With Disabilities.

Caroline Wanjira 21km Wheelchair race Women Champion.

The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has begun a six-week training program for Persons with Disabilities who will be taking part in the 2022 edition of the annual race set for October 30th.

Persons with Disabilities will compete in the 21km wheelchair race and 42km relay alongside the full marathon, half marathon, 10km and the 5km family fun run.

This main purpose of the marathon’s agenda is to support diversity and inclusion by increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in various sporting ventures.

The program seeks to build on the partnership with the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), Sight Savers and Light for the World and will bring together over 50 participants with disabilities.

According to Chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee Peter Gitau said, Standard Chartered believes 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 Organizing Committee has partnered with APDK over the years to mobilize wheelchair race participants for the marathon, including 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.

“The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has evolved from being just a sporting event to becoming a platform for driving sustainability and community engagement initiatives.” said the Chair Gitau.

He added, “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.”

Registration for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon -that attracted 86 wheelchair race participants- is open at for both virtual and physical marathon.

Individual and corporate participants are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird entry fee of Sh2,000 up to October 10 which will go up to Sh2,500 between October 10 and 16, the deadline day.


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