Select shots featuring KIMbia athletes racing in the 2009 Chicago Marathon. Race recap here.
Though young and with nary a marathon to his name, KIMbia’s Charles Munyeki showed no hesitation to mix it up with the world’s finest in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. At the halfway point, the lead pack consisted of Vincent Kipruto (PB 2:05:47) Sammy Wanjiru (PB 2:05:10 and possessor of the marathon Gold from the Beijing Olympics) and Munyeki. The pace was just a handful of seconds away from World Record pace, at 62:00.
Yet Munyeki didn’t flinch until 35k, when the pre-race favorite Wanjiru broke things open. In his debut at the distance, Munyeki would come home in 2:07:06, having held on for 4th, as standout Abderrahim Goumri made a late charge from 4th all the way into 2nd. Ben Maiyo, 2nd here in 2005, took 11th with 2:16:38, after attempting the very tough early pace.
Check back Tuesday for a full gallery of photos from the race!
As many American track fans caught their breath on a weekend falling between college conference and regional championship weekends, and professional track meets on each coast, KIMbia athletes still found themselves plenty busy in competition at several excellent, if less widely-covered, events.
With many KIMbia athletes making their States-side homes in Boulder, it was fitting to have so many of them run before the hometown crowd. Each year, following an all-comers citizens’ race, the pros take to Boulder’s streets in a race scored by national affiliation, and, this year Millicent Gathoni — the defending champion — and Jane Gayunki led the Kenyan team, finishing 5th and 8th, respectively. In the men’s competition, KIMbia was represented on Team Kenya, Team USA, Team Commonwealth, and Team Colorado, with John Yuda our first finisher, notching a 3rd-place finish for Team Commonwealth. Boulder-resident James Carney followed Yuda and was the first American finisher in 4th place. Other Top 10 finishes came from Gilbert Okari (6th) and Charles Munyeki (7th), both competing for Kenya. Locally-based Jason Hartmann took 12th as a member of Team Colorado, and Fasil Bizuneh would represent Team USA in 15th. Read the full article
Capping off a fantastic weekend for KIMbia, John Yuda and Lineth Chepkurui captured the men’s and women’s titles in the Lilac Bloomsday Run Sunday morning. This year was the 33rd running of the historic 12k Bloomsday Race, through the streets of Spokane, Washington.
This is the first major road championship for Yuda since his win in the 2005 BUPA Great South Run. Yuda had appeared very fit in training and, after finishing 7th in his last major race — the Dong-A marathon back in October 2008 — Sunday’s result is an extremely positive sign validating his return to form. Unofficially, his winning time was 34:36.
For Chepkurui, on the other hand, Sunday was another fantastic result in what has already been an amazing 2009. This was her second straight Bloomsday title after winning in Spokane last year. Already in 2009, Lineth has won the Cherry Blossom 10 miler, finished 4th in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship, and most recently, won the Crescent City Classic 10k in early April. Her unofficial time of 38:35 — as reported by the Spokane Spokesman-Review — would be just 4 seconds shy of the course record.
Charles Munyeki eked out a 2-second win over Gilbert Okari in this morning’s BAA Half Marathon in Boston. Charles ran 1:02:46 to claim his first victory at a major American road race. One week after winning the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Gilbert ran 1:02:48.
Charles and Gilbert finished almost a minute ahead of third-place finisher Karim Elmabchour of Morocco. In fourth place was 39-years-young James Koskei. James ran 1:04:48.
Jane Gakunyi ran 25 seconds faster than last weekend in San Jose to place fourth in 1:12:32.
All four of today’s half marathoners will now return home to Kenya to rest, recover and recoup for the spring road race season.
Boston results are here.