Robert Kemboi emerged top in the 4th edition of Iten Marathon held on the 22nd of July 2018 at Kenya’s mecca of running, Iten in 2:16:29. Bernard Kitur came in second in 2:16:29 while Philemon Cheboi clocked 2:17:17 to sum up the best three at the high altitude race. The athletes battled a windy course with the first two kilometers being an uphill stretch and the last 21 kilometers characterised by wind. Notably, this years race drew a larger number of participants, an improvement from last year’s edition that was won by Evans Sambu in 2:16:13.
In the women’s 42KM, 41 year old Joan Jepchirchir Kigen won for the third time in a row with a time of 2:44:30, a second slower than her last year’s time. Josephine Jepkoech came in second in 2:44:5 while Sylvia Tenai finishing third in 2:45:5.
In the half marathon, Wilfred Kimitei clocked 64:21:8 to finish first while Emmanuel Bor came in second in 64:36:6 and Josphat Tanui third in 64:45:0. On the other hand, Maureen Jepkemboi cut the tape in 75.10 ahead of Agnes Chebet who clocked 75:50 and Beatrice Cheserek who finished third in 77:50.
Celestine, the race director promised to work round the clock to ensure next year’s race becomes bigger and better in matters organization and price money considering the fact that prize money continues to be a factor to increased competitiveness of the race. Moreover, this year’s edition saw the participation of more international athletes most of them being in Iten for training.
Photo Reel… Credit: Henry Ego