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Nairobi marathon: Organisers to take extra security precautions

Thursday October 28 2010

Athletes at the start of the Stanchart Nairobi International Marathon in 2007. Photo/FILE

Athletes at the start of the Stanchart Nairobi International Marathon in 2007. Photo/FILE 

By CHRIS MUSUMBA

In the wake of security concerns over use of Nyayo National Stadium, organisers of Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon have moved to assure athletes and fans of their safety during Sunday’s race.

Senior Police Superintendent Leonard Katana said adequate security arrangements have been made for cars, athletes and other invited guests.

Katana also announced the closure of several roads ahead of the marathon, which has become the signature annual sports event that brings together runners and supporters from all over the country as well as foreign participants to Nairobi.

“Some roads will be closed from Saturday at 9.00 pm until Sunday 1.00 pm. Sections of Uhuru Highway, Aerodrome Road and Langata Road from the Mbagathi round-about towards Nyayo Stadium will be closed from Saturday at 9pm,” said Katana.

On Sunday morning, Katana said Kenyatta Avenue, Harambee Avenue and Haile Sellassie will also be closed to the public.

Over 15,000 people are expected to compete in the 42km race. This will force diversion of traffic on several roads.

Katana clarified that part of Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway will be opened to churchgoers.

“For those going to churches along Mombasa and Uhuru Highway, we will have barriers erected on one lane allowing them to access their churches.

“But it will only end at the church and anyone intending to cheat the officials, will not succeed,” said Katana.

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