Motorists will be diverted to Dagoretti Road, Langata Road, Enterprise Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki way. Trucks from Inland Container Depot (ICD) will be redirected to Mombasa Road during that time.
The Southern Bypass is different from the various editions staged along Uhuru Highway from Nyayo Stadium to Forest Road, further trickling down to Mombasa Road as was the case in 2019. This time around, the relocation was to accommodate the ongoing construction of the Nairobi Expressway.
The route was also picked due to its proximity to the National Park, which has a great scenic route, thus offering an opportunity to use the marathon to boost the tourism industry.
Participating Kenyan elite athletes include Daniel Simiyu, Ronex Kipruto, Chemutai Riunotukei, Fridah Jepkite Lodepa Ptoo and Brilian Jepkorir Kipkoech.
A member of the marathon’s organising committee expressed excitement at hosting the marathon in 2021 after the 2020 version was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the race will start and finish at the Carnivore Grounds off Lang’ata Road, Nairobi.
“We are very excited this year to have the physical marathon. We couldn’t have it last year because of COVID-19 but we have learned a lot and we consulted widely, including with the Ministry of Health and with the Ministry of Sports.
“The physical run will be held on the 31st of October. We have changed the route this year. We start and finish the race on Carnivore Grounds mainly because the Uhuru Highway is under construction,” the representative explained.
The race has been largely dominated by Kenyan athletes in past editions, with seven of them scooping the top 10 positions.
Image of Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi. /FOURSQUARE