Kicks of the week - 1/06/2019

New Winners at Lewa Marathon

Despite the hot sun and humid weather, over 1400 runners gathered in Lewa Conservancy in Kenya to take a turn in running in the wild. Duncan Kipkirui emerged the winner after finishing the 42km race in 2.20:04 ahead of Samson Lemaiyan(2:22:52) and Edward Nderitu(2:24:31).

Emmah Kiruki was the women’s winner after a slow 2:50:31 clocking. She was followed by Daisy Jepkorir, who timed 3:03:03 for a distant second with Mary Wairimu timing 3:18:50 to clinch the last podium spot.

The Star with more on how the day span out.

Prefontaine Classic highlights

This past Sunday, the best runners in both track and field gathered at Stanford for this year’s Prefontaine Classic meet. Unlike in previous years where the event is held in Eugene, Oregon, renovations at Heyward Field forced organisers to move to Angell Field at Stanford University. 

This year’s meet saw Semenya’s return to victory in the 800m race. Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech swooped the 3000m steeplechase with a world win of 8:55:58 while Timothy Cheruiyot defended his Bowerman Mile title in 3:50:49. World Runners with highlights of the day.

Will Eliud do it this time around?

After barely missing his target of finishing a sub-2 marathon in 2017 by 23 minutes under the Breaking-two project, Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathoner will try his running luck again this year in Vienna.

This time around, the 1:59 challenge organised by Ineos will take place in October this year where Kipchoge will do a multi-lap on a 4.3km stretch inside Prater Hauptallee. If he succeeds, he will be the first man ever to go under 2 hours, a feat that has been termed impossible for any human being. Our fingers are crossed and breaths held for this one.

Reuters with more on this.

Minnesota names June 25th Brave Like Gabe Day

The late Gabriel Grunewald, who lost her battle to cancer last month, would be celebrating her 33rd birthday on June 25th this year. Runners in Minnesota gathered in the evening to run/walk 1.405 miles - Gabe’s favorite number -  in her honour.

Strava also opened a  virtual race for the entire day where runners across the world could photograph their runs using #BravelikeGabe or #Runningonjope.

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