Kicks of the Week - 22 April, 2019

Enda Athlete Kenneth Kemboi Podiums at Eldoret City Marathon

In only its 2nd edition, Eldoret City Marathon is making a mark in Kenya as a proving ground for athletes. It offers the best prize money of any race in the region and takes place right in the heart of Kenyan running country. So despite the hilly terrain and high altitude, it draws a big crowd of up-and-coming talent.

Which makes it all the most exciting that Enda Elite Athlete Kenneth Kemboi claimed a spot on the podium for the men’s 42km race. Mathew Kisorio and David Kiplimo took 1st and 2nd, with Kemboi fighting hard for 3rd.

In the women’s race, Valery Aiyabei, Vivian Kiplagat, and Elizabeth Llimokol took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. After success at in Eldoret and Nairobi, keep an eye out for Aiyabei at the big some of the bigger European or American marathons next season. 

Tirunesh Dibaba Out For London, Field is Still Stacked

The insane lineup for the London Marathon a little thinner as Tirunesh Dibaba announced she is pregnant (congratulations!) and won’t there. 

The men’s and women’s fields remain incredibly competitive though. Especially with 4 greats who every running fan should know:

  • Vivian Cheruiyot, current London champ, PB 2:18.31
  • Brigid Kosgei, current Chicago champ and 2nd last year in London, PB 2:18.35
  • Gladys Cherono, current Berlin champ, PB 2:18.11
  • Mary Keitany, current NYC champ and world record holder, PB 2:17.01

Exercise Makes Future You Healthier Too

Some encouraging news: the effects of exercise stay with you. A group of researchers at Duke University got some proof of this by following up on an exercise study they’d done many years ago.

“The scientists then said farewell and did not get in touch with the participants again until about a decade later, when they contacted volunteers who still lived near Duke and asked if they would join a reunion study. More than a hundred, representing each of the exercise and control groups, said, sure.
Most of the men and women from the control group, who had not exercised 10 years before, had larger waistlines now, while the exercisers displayed little if any middle-aged spread compared to their decade-earlier selves.”