The 10-km Nairobi Diamond run has been postponed from 27 July to 17 August because it clashes with other athletic events, such as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Africa Senior Athletics in Marakesh, taking place at the same time.
The postponement will give the country's top runners the chance to compete in one of the region's most lucrative running events. The race had already been changed from May to July to give runners more time for training.
The sponsors are LapTrust, a financial services and consultancy organisation that operates in Kenya and South Sudan which has put up Ksh 5 million for the race. Part of the winners' prize money (the winner gets Ksh 250,000, second prize is Ksh 200,000 and third place Ksh 150,000) will be invested in a LapTrust pension fund for the athletes' retirement. The LapTrust points out that many of Kenya's top veteran athletes are now suffering from poverty and alcohol because no thought had been given to their old age.
The organisers are Athletics Kenya and Golazo Sports, a marketing company for worldwide sporting events.