Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bairu, Cheboiywo, and Donaghue Talk Beach To Beacon

Bairu at StanfordWith so many strong KIMbia showings at Maine’s Beach to Beacon, we are pleased to share some thoughts from those athletes who turned in such solid efforts.  Leading all KIMbia athletes, Boaz Cheboiywo took 2nd by just a few seconds and, according to Race Results Weekly, explained his runner-up finish, by saying of race-winner Ed Muge, “When you have an athlete of that caliber, he gets ten meters on you, you’re not going to catch him.”  Muge was the defending champion, while Boaz’s placing was an improvement on finishing fifth in 2008.

After setting lifetime-bests left and right across the Atlantic, Rebecca Donaghue was faced with the difficult choice between staying on the European track circuit and chasing more PB’s, and coming back to the competition — and prize money — of the American roads.  A native New Englander, Donaghue seemed happy with her decision to come back home for this race, commenting, “I’m happy with my time — a 14 second PB for road 10k and 22 seconds for track — and I felt really strong and in control from start to finish.” She elaborated:

The top 4 women went out a little harder than I wanted to go out, around 4:50 and I was about 4:58 to 5:00. So, they separated from me pretty quick and I just ended up running with a bunch of men the rest of the way. Out of the 3 years I’ve run this race this was the best I’ve felt. I finished feeling like I had a lot left which I think will help going into Falmouth next week.

Donaghue placed fifth.

Simon Bairu came to Beach 2 Beacon looking to get himself on a roll for this fall’s NYC Marathon, and if the early returns are any indication, he seems to be right on schedule, pointing out at that, “Beach to Beacon was a good start to the season but I still have a long way to go before I get to where I want to be by the time I toe the line for the NYC Marathon… although after beating Kwambai [a 2:04 marathoner] it’s good to know that I’m at least in sub 2:04 marathon shape.”

And, finally, while Bairu clearly earns the dry wit award,  we would like to point out that James Koskei won, in addition to 14th place overall, the distinction of being first among all Masters.

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