Friday, 10 June 2016

My amazing experience at an IAAF Gold Label event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend!

I am now back in Kenya after such a wonderful experience at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend in Ontario, Canada. My special thanks go to Mr. John Halverson, the race director for organizing such a great race; Manny Rodrigues, the elite athletes’ coordinator for getting me the invitation; Annie Boucher, media relations for putting up my articles on their website and all the other officials and staff at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend for making the weekend such a success.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Entry lists for distance events at the 2016 IAAF Doha Diamond League meeting

The IAAF Doha Diamond League event kicks off the 2016 IAAF diamond league season with great fields in the distance events: Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat line up the men’s 1500m race, Almaz Ayana faces Vivian Cheruiyot in the women’s 3000m, the men’s 3000m steeplechase event will most likely predict the podium podium positions at the Rio Olympic Games with Ezekiel Kemboi, Jairus Birech and Conseslus Kipruto among the competitors and Caster Semenya faces Eunice Sum in the women 800m event.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Isabella Ochichi to run Ottawa Marathon next month

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There is a long list of reasons why an elite-level runner like Isabella Ochichi might not answer her phone the first time you try contacting her. When you have an eye on the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon podium, training and recovery take time. And for an athlete who also works as a senior sergeant in the Kenyan police force, there aren’t many moments left in the day to return calls.
When Ochichi got back to me, she was both apologetic and charming – asking me about how my day was going and whether we could go ahead with the interview.
Ochichi says her preparations for the Ottawa Marathon are “so far, so good.” In December, she ran a respectable 2:29:45 at the Honolulu Marathon – which turned into a warm and humid day. But what’s worth noting is her April 2nd 1:09:03 half-marathon finish in Prague in the Czech Republic, followed by a 1:10:37 winning time at the Hapalua half marathon in Hawaii on April 10.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Kenya's Vincent Kipruto aims to break the Ottawa Marathon course record

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Kenya’s Vincent Kipruto has competed in many races around the world in his career as an elite distance runner, but has never been to Canada.
“The closest I have been to Canada is when I went to run the Chicago Marathon in 2009 where I finished third. It will be interesting to visit a new country, and run in a different environment. My training has been going on very well, so far, in my preparations to run the Ottawa Marathon,” said Kipruto.
Kipruto’s personal best marathon time is 2:05:13. Like every other hard working runner, he is ambitious to beat it. Could he do that in Ottawa in May? He says it depends on the conditions.
“I have never run in Canada before, so I don’t know how my body will react to the weather there. But, if everything will work well for me and I get good pace makers and a perfect weather, then I can be able to try and lower the Canadian all-comers record time of 2:06:54, which is also the course record of the Ottawa Marathon,” he said.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Lessons to Learn from Geoffrey Kamworor and Eliud Kipchoge

About a week after the Cardiff world half marathon championships, I did not expect to see Kamworor back in training, but there he was at the University of Eldoret waiting to do track intervals with the rest of the group. As he warmed up around the track, he would occasionally stop to say hello to other athletes and almost everyone was requesting to see his bruised knees. I also got a chance to see, and could observe that it was only someone who loved running so much, and have big ambitions, that would turn up for training in his condition.