The event director, John Bayo, said until yesterday noon more that 8000 athletes had registered to compete in various races in the 14th edition of the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager sponsored event.
Winners of the Kilimanjaro Marathon in both male and female categories pocket Sh4m each while first runners-up take home Sh2m each and Sh1m goes to second runners-up.
Half marathon winners take away Sh2m each and first runners-up make Sh1m each. Second runners-up stand to be awarded around Sh650, 000 each for their efforts.
Sponsors expressed satisfaction saying this year’s turnout has been amazing and there is excitement all over Moshi.
Kilimanjaro Premium Lager brand manager Pamela Kikuli, whose brand sponsors full marathon said all was set and they look forward to a big race.
“The turnout is overwhelming. We are proud to be associated with this big event. We hope our athletes will represent us well in the race,” she said.
Tigo communications manager John Wanyancha said they were happy to be sponsors of the half marathon, noting that they had also funded winners of the Igombe and Ngorongoro marathons to compete in their race.
“We expect more than 4000 runners in the half marathon,” he specified.Gapco marketing manager Caroline Kakwezi, sponsoring the 10km wheelchair, hand-cycle and tricycle races said the turnout was encouraging and they are looking forward to a good race.
TBL group marketing manager in charge of Grand Malt, Oscar Shelukindo, whose brand sponsors 5km fun run said all was set and they expect an exciting race that will bring together people of all ages.
In last year’s event, Kenyan athletes dominated the races, and even then Tanzanian Fabiola William John won the women’s marathon. Other top nine positions went to Kenyans.
In the women’s marathon, Kenyan athletes won the top nine positions with Tanzanian Sigifrid Ngolly finishing 10th.