Standard Chartered on Thursday awarded cash prices to the top athletes who emerged victorious in the 20th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon in October 2023.

The prize money was finally released to the top athletes after stringent certifications and checks by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and various global athletic organisations.

Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon was in 2023 accredited by World Athletic as a World Road Race and seeks to attain an ‘Elite’ Label to rise in marathon World Athletics rankings.

“Our certifications are testament to our promise to ensure we create an event that allows locally grown talent to have their times recognised at a global level,” said Standard Chartered Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing Joyce Kibe.

The financial institution also handed over to the Futuremakers initiative a cheque of Sh43,167,506, this being the total cash money raised from the 2023 StanChart Marathon.

Futuremakers by Standard Chartered will utilize the funds on projects touching on three pillars: Education, Employability and Entrepreneurship, which will impact the community.

Through such initiatives, Futuremakers’ seeks to break down barriers to opportunity and enable young people to make more meaningful contributions to the world around them.

Alphonce Kigen and Evaline Chirchir, who clinched the 42km men and women races in the 2023 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon each pocketed Sh2 million.


More than 73 elite athletes, 200 Persons with Disabilities and 20,000 recreational runners took part in the race that featured six race categories: 42km men and women, 21km men and women, 10km men and women, 21km wheelchair men and women, 5km Family Fun Run race and the Corporate Relay Challenge.

“We congratulate Standard Chartered Bank Kenya for the progress and development of the marathon to a world Athletics label race,” said Athletics Kenya President, Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei.

He added: “The marathon has been the launching pad for thousands of our young athletes and with label status, the benefits to the athletes has been further enhanced.”

Athletics Kenya pledged to continue collaborating with the bank to boost the organization, technical requirements and sustainability of the Standard Chartered Marathon.

During the event, Standard Chartered also feted Peninah Kalondu, a Kenyan lay participant who completed the 42km marathon last after enduring the punishing race to clock 7:29:30.

Standard Chartered says it channels all proceeds from the Standard Chartered Marathon towards Futuremakers to help disadvantaged young people to gain new skills and expertise.