Wesley Korir wins Boston Marathon
Wesley Korir emerged the victor at the 116th Boston Marathon Monday, despite the extreme heat.
“It’s hot out there, in case you didn’t know,” he said. “I knew it was going to be hot, and one important thing that I had to take care of today . was really hydrate as much as possible. I guess my biology degree kicked in a little bit.”
Temperatures reportedly climbed as high as 80 degrees.
The native of Kenya, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen, reportedly sang religious songs as he ran the 26.2-mile course. He beat fellow Kenyan Levy Matebo by 26 seconds in the last three miles and won the race in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
“To me, I think running the Boston Marathon is an Olympic event,” Korir, who won the Los Angeles Marathon twice, said. “I don’t care what comes up after this, but I’m really, really happy to win Boston.”
Korir is now the 19th man from Kenya to win the Marathon (out of the last 22 competitions).
Kenya also topped the women’s race. Sharon Cherop won that competition in two hours, 31 minutes and 50 seconds. Second place winner Jamima Jelagat Sumgong was only two seconds behind.
Korir and his wife, Canadian runner Tarah McKay, are currently assisting with the construction of a new hospital in Korir’s hometown of Kitale.