Kiprunning Half Marathon – Eldama Ravine, Kenya

A little bit history of Eldama Ravine and its heroes.

Eldama Ravine is a town in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is capital of the Koibatek District.
The town has an urban population of 10500.
The town is located 50 kilometres NW of the town of Nakuru.
Local terrain is hilly.
Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi has lived in Eldama Ravine, Former  world-class runners Benard Barmasai, Solomon Birir, Matthew Birir, Jonah Birir, Richard Yatich – aka Mbarak Shami of Qatar, Jane Ekimat, Laban Moiben, Jared Nyamboki, Kiplimo Chemirmir, Kipchirchir Komen, Irene Cherotich, Lidya Cheromei, George Kiplagat, Enock Mitei and Eunice Jepkorir, Moses Kiprotich, Massam Dave, Boaz Lalang, Abraham Soget, Geoffrey Mutai, are from the town. Koibatek is one of the district which has vast of  indigenous forest.

Don’t Miss the First One!

Kiprunning Half Marathon. Sponsored by Volare Sports Running

The inaugural Kiprunning Half-Marathon will take place on December 30th, 2011. This race will attract some of the finest runners in Kenya, and the competition will be fierce! More importantly, this race will greatly benefit the local runners in Eldama Ravine and its suburbs.

The race will start outside the town of Eldama ravine in the small town of Saos, and ends at Eldama Ravine town stadium, runners will be transported by buses to the starting line then run back 13.1/ 21km to the finish line!

About the course

The course is tough because of its relentless undulating hills which reach up to 2093meters above sea level, and from 19k to 20k is the toughest of the race.

In Kenya, there are vast crop of astonishingly fast runners who have great talent, but unfortunately they do not have the resources to travel to the bigger races that have prize money. Thus they are unable to focus their talent and capitalize on their speed.

The purpose of the Kiprunning Half-Marathon is to provide a local race that will bring the top talent to compete for prize money that will give them the resources to make it to well-known races and establish their careers. In addition, the proceeds from this race will go directly to the local people to provide them with some Christmas cheer and pave way to a new great year as they embark to their great quests of seeking to become champions.

For a Kenyan runner a quest like this is never easy, but with people like us we can make it happen to them.

We are humbled by our sponsors and I would love to take this opportunity to give Great thanks to our friends and most of all to our main sponsor Volare Sports Running / Netherlands, for providing prize money top 3 male and female runners. Endless of thanks also  to Chris Oroshiba of All Sports Timing, Austin, Texas, for providing us with the beautiful race bib number.

Prize Money

Prize Money is guaranteed for top 10 finishers male and female.

1. 20.000ksh
2. 15.000ksh
3. 10.000ksh
4. 5000 ksh
5.3000 ksh
6. 1500 ksh
7. 1000 ksh
8. 800 ksh
9. 600 ksh
10. 500 ksh
Ksh= Kenya shillings

Team Kiprunning and Volare Sports Running goal is to encourage young and upcoming talents and give them a chance to shine.

85% will go to building a bridge that connect Sagasagik and Chepneys villages.

”Registration is 100 shillings” Register at the race venue day before the race”


Race director in Kenya: Geoffrey Kokoyo: +254722 257236
Email Kokoyo:

Team Kiprunning Vice President – Wilson Kibet: +254725904155

Team Kiprunning President: Kiplimo Chemirmir: 9726935181
Email Kip: :

Our sponsor Volare website:


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicholas
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 19:24:48

    Nice race!.but the prize list iko down xana.unless you are talkn of dollars.little fair.improve!.


  2. Tanui
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 20:43:35

    No no the prize guy,s is so down please look for help guy,s men,s can finish the half mark with that amount it,s not uman please please.


  3. Patti Rosen
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 01:42:48

    Awesome! you are doing good work, Kip. this is not easy to do especially in Africa. Good idea to motivate those new to the sport.
    God bless and best wishes! Thanks for the info!


  4. Michael Mugo
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 16:42:28

    I learnt about the race from a friend and hopefully will show up and if not will find a way to support the race. Excellent work


  5. peter keter
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 13:45:01

    congratulations. kiprruniks and volare Netherlands.


  6. sheila
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 15:08:48

    kip this spirit high, congratulation!


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