Standard Chartered has officially announced the 21st edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, scheduled to take place on October 27, 2024, at Uhuru Gardens.

The event is set to support the Futuremakers initiative, which focuses on youth empowerment through education, employability, and entrepreneurship.

Peter Gitau, Chair of the Local Organising Committee, highlighted the marathon's significant impact over the past two decades:

“Over the last 20 years, we have raised over Sh750 million from the race’s proceeds to help disadvantaged Kenyans gain access to essential services and opportunities," GItau said.

"Today that impact firmly focuses on supporting young, disadvantaged people – especially girls and persons with disabilities – to gain new skills and expertise to improve their chances of getting a job or starting their own business.”

The marathon has received World Athletic Accreditation as a World Road Race, enhancing its prestige and providing a platform for elite athletes to compete and set records.

The organising committee is collaborating with World Athletics, Athletics Kenya, and other sporting partners to achieve an ‘Elite’ Label and improve its ranking in the marathon World Athletics standings.

Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, President of Athletics Kenya, expressed strong support for the marathon, stating, “We strongly support the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon and will continue to work with the bank to develop the Marathon further both in terms of organization standards, enhanced technical requirements and sustainability.”

This year, the marathon expects to attract 23,000 participants, with registration now open at

The event will feature seven race categories: 42km men and women, 21km men and women, 10km men and women, 21km wheelchair men and women, 5km Family Fun Run race, CEO Challenge, and the Corporate Relay Challenge.

Prizes will be awarded across different categories, with the top finishers in the 42km race receiving Sh2,000,000, while winners of the 21km and 10km races will receive Sh300,000 and Sh200,000 respectively.

Below is the allocations are the prizes eligible participants will take home prizes according to the following allocations:

A series of warm-up races will begin at Tatu City on 13th July, with additional satellite runs planned in Mombasa, Kakamega, and Kisumu leading up to the main event in October.

Since its inception in 2003, the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon has grown significantly, becoming the largest single-day sporting event in Kenya.

Last year, it celebrated its 20th anniversary with over 22,000 runners from 94 countries, including more than 200 participants with disabilities.

Standard Chartered aims to raise USD 50 million by 2023 through the Futuremakers initiative to address inequality and promote economic inclusion for the younger generation.