Celebrated British long-distance runner, Sir Mo Farah is in Rwanda for the 2022 Kigali International Peace Marathon slated for May 29.
The World Marathon and Olympic Champion is one of the honorary guests invited to grace the highly-anticipated race which is happening for the 17th time in Rwanda and the first since it was awarded the World Athletics label.
“He’s not in Rwanda to compete, he was invited to witness the marathon and it’s a privilege to have him on board as a legendary athlete,” a reliable source told Times Sport.
As of Wednesday, over 3000 athletes had registered to participate at the Peace Marathon. They will compete in three categories namely full marathon, half-marathon and Run for Peace, a10km race category which is open to all.
Local Athletics governing body (RAF) has already unveiled the itinerary with athletes competing in full marathon and half marathon, set to depart from BK Arena.
The finishing line will also be located at the same venue.
The top five from both the full marathon and half marathon will be awarded cash prizes while extra prizes were lined up for local athletes who will make it in the top five as part of RAF’s drive to motivate Rwanda athletes to perform well at the race.
The winner of the full marathon, men and women, will pocket a cash prize Rwf4 million while the first and second runners-up will walk away with Rwf 2.5 million and Rwf2 million respectively.
The athletes that finish in fourth place will get Rwf1.5m while the fifth will take Rwf1m.
Three best performing local athletes will be rewarded with extra prizes of Rwf800,000, Rwf600,000 and Rwf400,000 respectively.