Allan Kiprono will return home to Kenya $100,000 richer, after netting a major payday in Boston this weekend. Winning the BAA Half Marathon cinched Kiprono’s grand prix victory in the BAA Distance Medley, a competition determined by fastest aggregate time from the BAA 5k, 10k and Half-Marathon, each year. Entering the race, Kiprono was 4 seconds out of first position in the standings, and went out aggressively, daring Medley leaders Ali Abdosh and Sam Chelanga to come with him. For the man from Kaptagat, the half-marathon win was a slam-dunk exclamation on the series, as Kiprono’s winning time of 1:01:44 also took down the course record. As Medley Champion, Kiprono claimed a $100k winner-take-all prize.
Meanwhile, Simon Bairu ran 1:03:25 to pick up a 2-second win in San Jose, at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon. In doing so, the Canadian star defeated Sergio Reyes, Scott Bauhs, and Russia’s record holder in the marathon Aleksey Sokolov. Though the time was well off Bairu’s half-marathon PB of 1:02:08, the race served as a successful tune-up for the ING NYC Marathon, which he will run in November.