Kenyans proved their prowess in long distance running with a dominant show in Cleveland Marathon on Sunday.
Edwin Kamaiyo, 33, made his American racing debut by overtaking two-time champion Philemon Terrer near the 24-mile mark and holding on for victory in the 42nd annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. His winning time was 2:22:02.
Margaret Njuguna, 49, finished first in the women’s marathon in 2:45:31.
Kamaiyo and Njuguna won Ksh300,000 for winning the race.
Kenyan Dominic Korir, 26, won the men’s 10K with a time of 29:17. On the women’s side, Vicoty Chepngeno, 25, of Kenya finished first in 31:59.
Lakewood native Ken Sullivan, 31, a high school history teacher and former cross country and track coach at St. Ignatius, won the men’s half-marathon for the third straight year, finishing in 1:10:25.
Sterling native Nicole Camp, 33, won the women’s half-marathon in 1:20:14.