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World Athletics to host race to honour Agnes Tirop’s memory

Women's 10,000m world record holder Letesenbet Gidey and Geoffrey Kamworor to headline February's Agnes Tirop Memorial

World Athletics and Athletics Kenya announced today that they will host a Cross-Country Tour Gold event on Feb. 12 in Eldoret, Kenya in memory of the late Agnes Tirop, who was allegedly murdered by her husband in October.

Agnes Tirop of Kenya leading the way in the 10,000m at the 2017 World Championships in London

The cross-country race will be named the Memorial Agnes Tirop and will take place annually. The great Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge was on hand for the announcement, stating that it’s a shame to be naming races after young runners who would still be competing in events like this. Tirop was a two-time world 10,000m bronze medallist and a World Cross-Country champion in 2015.

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Three-time World Cross-Country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and women’s 10,000m and half marathon world record holder Letesenbet Gidey were announced as the headliners for the race – with other big names to be added to the entry list in the next few days.

The course features 10 kilometres of hay, hills, logs and water jumps to make it exciting for fans. Kenya’s national cross-country championships will be held on the same course three weeks earlier.

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A moment of silence will be held for Tirop and her family before the start of the race. The event will mark the first time Athletics Kenya will host a Cross-Country Tour Gold level event.