Kenya: Top Kenyan Marathoners Treated for a Fully Paid Holiday


Nairobi — Kenya’s 2020 London Marathon podium finishers led by World Record holder Brigid Kosgei have been handed a five-day holiday to key attraction sites in the country thanks to the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).

Kosgei defended her London Marathon title in London this year. Others getting the treat are World Champion Ruth Chepngetich who finished third in the women’s race and Vincent Kipchumba who came home second in the men’s race.

KTB Chief Executive Officer Dr. Betty Radier said athletes have continued to positively profile the country with their sterling performances in international competitions.

“Even at these times of less travel globally as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Kenya continues to be top of mind among travellers and investors alike because of our athletes who excel in international competitions,” said Radier.

The CEO was speaking at KTB offices as she flagged off Kenya’s 2020 London Marathon podium finishers for a five-day long familiarisation holiday to key attraction sites in the country.

Current marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei who won 2020 London Marathon and her colleague Ruth Chepngetich who finished 3rd in the London marathon have been accorded a five-day tour of tourism attractions in Laikipia, Samburu and Lamu.

“As the body mandated with the task of marketing Kenya’s tourism products and experiences, we recognize the huge profile that our athletic stars occupy on the world stage. We believe that it is time to involve our athletes in making a pitch for the country as the best destination for investments and tourism.” Said Radier.

Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters

Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox