Why every professional athlete should have their own website

It is encouraging to see many professional athletes beginning to create social media sites to interact with their fans and websites to put up their biographies, their achievements and the projects they are working on, among other information. In the near future, it seems it will be so easy for anyone to learn more about any athlete that wins a competition by combining their names into a URL address and seeing all the information they will need to know about them and all their sponsors in one place.

Below are some of the reasons why every professional athlete should be having their own website by now.
1.       It helps the athlete put up all the information about them in one single place.
Professional athletes have social media sites: Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, etc. But, a perfect platform that with include all these in one place and any other information that the athletes would wish their fans to know about them is a personal website.
Some of my favorite athlete websites are Usain Bolt’s www.usainbolt.com and Mo Farah’s www.mofarah.com and Vivian Cheruiyot’s www.viviancheruiyot.com .
2.       The athlete should benefit from their hard work and no one else should capitalize on their name and sweat.
The last time I checked, the sites that use the names of some of Kenya’s greatest athletes; for example Eliud Kipchoge and Asbel Kiprop, have completely nothing to do with the runners, and nothing even to do with running. Some domain names are parked for sale while others are online shops for some products not even related to running.
While it is hard to tell who the unknown people benefiting from the athletes’ sweat directing traffic to their sites are, the simplest thing to do for the athletes and their agents is to establish their own websites in their names. Pace Sports Management is doing a good work on this so far with their athletes.
3.       It helps the press, media, fans and race organizers to find information about the athletes more easily.
Instead of looking up for information of an athlete from the search engines, the best place would be on their websites where you will get everything about them, including stories out of their performances such as the projects and charities they support and their training.

Another one of the new emerging betting sites in Kenya

BetYetu is a local, Kenya-based sports betting website that gives players the chance to enjoy sports betting, with a strong emphasis on football, basketball, and tennis, via a straightforward bet slip. Everything is designed with simplicity and functionality in mind, providing a user-friendly experience. To get things started (as a new player), you can get your multi-bet betyetu bonus coupon code and then proceed with the registration. Once finished, you may start betting on your favourite games and sports.
BetYetu offers the following promos/bonuses:
Acca Insurance Offer. You place a multi-bet of, at least, 5 selections on any football-related market. If you lose one game, you will get your stake back in the form of a freebet.
EPL Goalless Draw Money Back. For goalless draws on EPL matches, players get free bets equivalent to their stake. This applies to single,pre-kick off bets.
Lucky Friday Bonus. Every Friday evening, players that have placed, at least, one bet during the week get free bets.

Monday Deposit Play Bonus. Players that have used up their first deposit (or a part of it) that was made on a Monday are awarded a BetYetu bonus that equals to 10% of their first deposit (in the form of a free bet).
Multibet Bonus. If you place a multi-bet with a minimum of five legs, you can boost your winnings from 15% and up to 60%, depending on the number of bets you have placed (max. 15 bets).

Should you make a decision to visit Kenya for your long distance training?

Many foreign runners have made a decision to visit Kenya for their long disatnce training and has resulted in great changes not only in their careers but lives in general, Zane and Jake Robertson of New Zealand are some of the perfect examples. I am always here to help you just in case you will need to make the decision to come here and train. check my contact page and give me a shout and we see how I can help in terms of getting to Iten, Eldoret, Kapsabet, etc; pick up from the airport, accommodation options, training groups to join, etc. You can as well check my ebook: Ideal Places to Train In Kenya for more information.
As a foreign or a local athlete, it is always much cheaper to rent a house and cater for yourself rather than live in a hotel while training in Kenya.

You should not worry about where to find training partners here. You will be spoiled for choice as there are so many training groups, all you will need to do is wake up at around 6:15 am, you will see hundreds of athletes warming up outside. Go out and ask what they intend to run and settle for a group that is going to do the time that pleases you. Alternatively, you can enroll yourself into one of the camps where they will take care of all your training and accommodation needs, but this option will be expensive.
Ten years ago in Kenya, when an athlete got lucky to be enrolled into a training camp, it meant a lot to him, or her. It was easier then to get races, and there was also enough sponsorship in the camp to ensure that the athletes lacked nothing for their upkeep. With time, these camps have begun to suffer from mismanagement, lack of enough funding, athletes changing managements and poor public relations. This has ended up in athletes preferring to train individually at their own destinations of choice, or with smaller groups.

New betting sites coming in with new appealing offers to sport fans

Betting is now a rapidly growing sector within sports. Many betting companies are sprouting up with each one trying to make them more appealing to the public as the competition increases. And, besides the government taxing the industry to get money for nation building, many charities as well benefit from these betting companies. With the new offers coming up every now and then, it is harder for betters to choose which site to subscribe to.
For example, online betting with nairabet offers many great offers to anyone who registers as a member. Some of them are as follows:
-          Nairabet will give you a 10% Cashback of your potential winnings up to a maximum amount set in their terms and conditions
-          Place bets on 1x2 on any Premier League match and win when the game finishes 0-0
-          If your ticket gets spoiled due to one game, Naibet has your back.
-          You get to decide when you want to cash out during the match
-          A nice offer that doubles the odds of those who bet on Lucky 13, 31 or 63
-          Nairabet customer care teams are readily available to offer excellent services to both local and international gambling enthusiasts.

-         Nairabet Affiliate Code 2018 is a promotional offer added to the Nairabet registration form. It is used to reward you when you go through Nairabet registration. Currently, one popular offer that caught our eye is surely Monday Funding Madness. All you have to do is to fund your account on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and you’ll get 10% bonus of the deposited amount in less than 24 hours! It sounds great, doesn’t it?

The funny thing about competition in any business is that it benefits both the consumer and the producer or service provider in more than one ways. The more the companies join the betting industry and advertise their offers and services on the social media and other media outlets, the more customers get to learn about betting and get interested in trying their luck. And, indeed a good number of players have been lucky and have managed to transform their lives.
In an attempt to gain more customers, the new betting companies will try and find many tempting offers to offer to their clients resulting in great quality services at reduced prices in general. The same clients on the other hand will try to sample different betting sites to try and find out which will work out best for them.

It will be interesting to see how the betting industry will continue to grow in the near future and whether it will continue to endear many.

My one time interview with Canada's Reid Coolsaet when he arrived in Kenya to prepare for the world half marathon and Rio Olympics in 2016

Photo by Reid Coolsaet as I drove him past Eldoret town to Iten

"Enda mbele moja kwa moja hadi mwisho wa njia,alafu ingia mkono wa kushoto."
That was Reid giving me directions in Swahili to continue straight forward until the end of the road, then turn left as I drove him to the High Altitude Training Centre in Iten on Wednesday the 20th of January 2016. He had been to Kenya seven times before. That is the reason why he has learned the Swahili language and has also made many friends around.
As we approached Iten, he seemed to recognize almost each and every athlete doing their evening run beside the road. At one point, he quickly brought his hands to his mouth to form a megaphone, stuck his head out of the car window and shouted, "Cooray!!"

One athlete running beside the road looked at us and waved happily. The athlete was none other than Anuradha Cooray who holds the Sri Lanka national records on road distances from 10km through 21km, 25km, 30km, 35km and 40km up to the marathon. Before going out to break some of these records, he had been training with Reid using Reid's training program and advice. That put's Reid as a great coach, besides being a great runner.
The other person in the car was his friend, John Mason, also a marathon runner who had travelled with him from Canada to train in Iten. I learned that John was a dairy farmer besides running when we had to slow down to let some cows cross the road on our way from the airport and the topic about cows sprang up. On the other hand, Reid just runs. "All I do is run, I have no other work besides running," said Reid.

Reid aims to represent his country in the marathon at the Rio Olympic Games this summer. There are no trials that will be done to select the marathon team, only the fastest three runners will make the team and Reid is currently the fastest Canadian marathon runner with 2:10:29, the fastest time by a Canadian runner in the last 40 years and the 2nd fastest time ever by a Canadian runner.
But, before Rio, Reid's other major race will be the IAAF world half marathon championships in Cardiff. "All my training up to the time for the world half marathon will be in Kenya," said Reid. He also says if he finds a convenient 10km road race preferably in England some time close to the world half, then he will consider going for it as part of his tune up to the half marathon.
I took the opportunity to ask him about his girlfriend and when they plan to make a family after he had also asked me about my family. "We are getting there," he said. His girlfriend likes running and has a personal best of 17 minutes in 5000m, but due to the fact that she works full time she hasn't found enough time to continue training.
After dropping them at Lorna Kiplagat's camp, I went out to briefly meet another friend there in Iten. As I was heading back to Eldoret, the two were already there doing their evening run beside the road and slowing down to say hi to other athletes on they were coming across. I expected that they were going to lie down a bit after such a long flight all the way from Canada.

Kenya's Ednah Mukwana and Rebecca Korir highlight the women's elite field for the BLOM Bank Beirut Marathon

Beirut, October 11, 2018 - A decorated international field spanning seven different nationalities will battle it out for glory in the elite women’s race at the BLOM Bank Beirut Marathon on November 11, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

Though Kenya and Ethiopia are well represented it will come as no surprise if the title goes to one of their East African rivals, with Eritrea’s Nazret Weldu set to make her debut at the distance. The 28-year-old has slowly moved up in distance over the years, from life as a 400m runner in her teenage years to a half marathoner in recent years.

Earlier this year she finished 26th in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia in 71:45 and if she carries that form to the full marathon she will be a force to be reckoned with in the Lebanese capital next month.

Kenyans Ednah Mukwana and Rebecca Korir are also sure to feature. Mukwana has a best of 2:30:24 which she ran to take victory at the Zhengzhou Marathon earlier this year, while Korir has a best of 2:29:16, which she ran to finish third at the Rotterdam Marathon in 2016.

Another who will be in contention is Lithuania’s Raza Drazdauskaite, a three-time Olympian who clocked 2:29:29 to finish 26th at the London Games in 2012. She is also a 69:08 half marathoner at her best.

Belarus’s Sviatlana Kudzelich comes in with impressive form at the shorter distances. The 31-year-old was a European indoor silver medallist over 3000m in 2015 and earlier this year she set her half marathon personal best of 71:45 in Prague, while she will make her long-awaited debut at the marathon in Beirut.

Ethiopia will have a trio of strong contenders in the form of Almensh Herpha, Medina Deme Armino and Nigist Muluneh Desta. Herpa took victory at the Lagos City Marathon on her most recent outing over this distance, while the Ethiopian has previous form at the BLOM Bank Beirut Marathon, finishing third in the race in 2016.

Armino has been enjoying a breakthrough year after lowering her PB to 2:33:17 when taking victory at the Treviso Marathon in March, while Desta lowered her best to 2:36:54 when finishing third at the Shenzhen Marathon last December.

Another potential champion could be Kazakhstan’s Gulzhanat Zhanatbek, who finished 14th in the marathon at the Asian Games in Jakarta in August.

There will also be a strong local contingent, with Nisrine Njeim, Nadine Kalot and Hiba Traboulsi hoping to make an impact against their international rivals. Fellow Lebanese elite athletes Chirine Njeim, Nadia Dagher and Zainab Bazzi will tackle the half marathon, where Njeim will be targeting the Lebanese record.

Athletes will compete for a first prize of US $15,000, with an additional time bonus of US $10,000 available if the winning time is under 2:25:00. There is also a bonus of US $3,000 available for a course record of 2:28:38 or faster, a time that was set at the 2017 edition of the race by Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba.

The joy of running and finishing the 2018 Eldoret City Marathon together with my wife on the 22nd of April 2018

As I waited for my wife at the end of the finish chute where the officials had pushed me to, so that I would not cause more jam at the...