Two Time Toronto Marathon Winner Wins Kaptagat Half Marathon
Two time Toronto marathon champion Philemon Rono and 2009 world cross country junior bronze medalist Cynthia Jerop were crowned champions of the Kaptagat Forest half marathon on Sunday, 9th September. The race dubbed “Sports for Conservation had a course traversing two counties, Elgeiyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu with the start being Kipchawat and the finish at Strawburg in the later county. Rono won the race in 62:23.6
This was just a training race in the build up to my title defence in Toronto later this year. I am happy I won and glad locals turned up to cheer us” Rono
“Apart from winning the race, I wanted to be part of the motivation to the upcoming athletes. Winning at home is good for me and the locals who cheered me along the way,” said Rono.
The Global Sports Communication athlete took the lead from the 10K mark all the way to the finish and was cheered by team mate Geoffrey Kamworor who also doubled up as this year’s race ambassador.
Davis Kiprotich finished second in 63:11.7 as Wesley Kimutai came in third in 63:15
After pulling out of the Kisii half marathon last week owing to a topple, Cynthia Jerop won women’s title in 71:30
The reigning Hannover half marathon champion has eyes on the Standard Chartered marathon title
with her easy win at the Kaptagat Half motivating her.
“I came here to win the race and make up for the Kisii loss after being toppled along the course. Apart from that, my focus has shifted to win Standard Chartered marathon,” said Jerop who draws motivation from her coach Stephen Maiyo who urges her to
keep eyes on the tape when out racing.
Photos From the event