At least three former champions will be in the field for the 30th anniversary of the KISS Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon (TTIM) this Sunday.
Six-time female champion, Mary Akor (USA) is expected to arrive today as well as the male winners from 2006 and 2011, Kenyans Hilary Lelai and Paul Wachira.
But none of these will have an easy time chasing the top awards of US$3,600. Besides the top local and Caribbean runners, Lelai and Wachira will have to overcome Colombian brothers Juan and Luis Cardona and Nigerian Muheez Aminu. The fastest of these, Juan Cardona, has a best time of two hours, 13 minutes 29 seconds. Akor will also face hot opposition, including Leah Kigen of Kenya, a previous winner of the Barbados Marathon.
There are special awards reserved for Trinidad and Tobago runners.
Any local (male or female) who breaks the national record or the fastest time by a national in previous local marathons will receive TT$6,000. Also, the sponsors, KISS baking company, will award TT$1,000 to up to three local males and three local females, age 16 to 29 who beat two hours, 50 minutes and three hours, 15 minutes respectively.
Another event on Sunday is the KISS Trinidad and Tobago Half Marathon. Both the marathon and half marathon will finish sometime shortly after 7.00 am opposite Whitehall, Queen's Park Savannah.
On Saturday, there will be two events around the Savannah: the KISS School's Relay (3.00 pm) and the KISS International 5K (4.00 pm).
The marathon can be followed live on the internet from 5.00 am Sunday morning at http://streamevents.tv
Also, he KISS TTIM Committee has designated the Trinidad and Tobago Special Olympics as the charity being supported by this year's events and a proportion of the entry fees is being donated to that organisation.