Stanbic Bank Kenya and the Nakuru county government have today announced that the 2nd edition of the annual Stanbic Nakuru City Marathon will take place on 27th November 2022.
Following the successful inaugural launch last year, which attracted 2,600 participants, Stanbic Bank has once again partnered with the county government of Nakuru to sponsor the 2nd edition and invites participants from across the country and beyond.
Proceeds from the marathon will be channeled to support initiatives that tap into the talent of young athletes.
Speaking during the event, Stanbic Bank Kenya Chief Executive, Mr. Charles Mudiwa said, “We are truly honored to once again partner with the county government of Nakuru to sponsor the 2nd edition of the Stanbic Nakuru City Marathon. Our thinking behind the marathon is to help nurture young talent and encourage them to chase their dreams of becoming the next best athletes in the country, a principle that aligns with our It Can Be brand promise. It Can Be speaks to the ethos of who we are and where we are going. We are putting the dreams and aspirations of our community at the forefront and providing them with experiences and attitudes required to unlock great possibilities.”
Stanbic Bank sponsored the first marathon last year to support a significant function under the country’s social pillars, the sports industry. “We understand and appreciate that sports in Kenya not only bring people together through comradery but also contribute significantly to the country’s social and economic development, ” Mr. Mudiwa added.
The county government of Nakuru is also keen on promoting sports and culture, as noted by the new county governor, Hon. Susan Kihika, who reiterated her commitment to nurturing sports talent in the county. She said, ”Sports tourism is an important aspect for us in Nakuru County. We aspire to become the county of choice for national and international athletes seeking a convenient training ground and to support our youth to compete internationally and earn a living from sports. This is why I committed to fast-track the completion of Afraha Stadium and Keringet Sports Academy in Kuresoi South. This academy will be a game changer in nurturing the talents of our young boys and girls who hope to one day fit into the shoes of world champions like Eliud Kipchoge.”
Speaking during the event, Ms. Sylvia Onyango, the CEC for Sports, Nakuru county government, said, “We are sincerely excited to have Stanbic Bank as a partner to help us realize our objective of promoting sports in the county. We always welcome an opportunity to partner with stakeholders who can help us foster socio-economic development through the promotion of socio-cultural diversity; management and development of sports, recreation and sports facilities as well as youth empowerment through capacity building.”
Investing in sports is one of the key areas under the country’s socio-economic pillars that the bank is keen on growing and developing. Previously, the bank was the title sponsor of the 2018/2019 Eldoret City Marathon and worked with world marathon champion Brigid Kosgei. In addition, in support of rugby, Stanbic Bank has been the kit sponsor for Mwamba RFC and the title sponsor of the National 7s circuit, where the game was played across 7 counties in Kenya.
Over the years, Stanbic Bank has been on a transformative journey that has provided innovative solutions to customers, both financially and non-financially. The bank is also investing in the community through the Stanbic Kenya Foundation, which has successfully rolled out a number of Social, Economic and Environment (SEE) initiatives in line with the bank’s purpose of driving Kenya’s social and economic growth.
Registration for the marathon officially kicked off on 11th October and is currently ongoing. Participants can register through the website https://stanbicnakurucitymarathon.com/