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The COVID-19 virus is deadly. Already (as of May 17) at least 317,000 people worldwide have died from the virus. This number is still growing by thousands each day. By the end of this week most likely over 100,000 people in the US will have died from the Coronvirus (COVID-19).
Some people think this number has been inflated. Others think it is low. It is hard to really know the true facts. In any case thousands of people have died from this new virus. That's a fact.
Some still feel this virus is no worse than the common flu. Many of these ill informed people might be some of the ones who are continuing to spread the Cornavirus. Many of these people don't wear face masks while in public nor practice social distancing. These types of people could easily be those that end up infecting others. And kill racing too. More on this later.
Doctors are saying this virus is much more contagious than the common flu and the death rate particularly for people aged 60 plus is high. Much higher than the common flu.
This information is talked about daily in the news and there is no need to further exam that here. The focus here is road racing and what impact this crisis is going to have on the sport.
The My Best Runs (MBR) website only features and follow the best, most interesting and unique races in the world. The site is currently following 837 races from all over the world.
One thing the website does is list the leaderboard results from the races featured. The top four men and women and then age-group winners in ten year age-groups starting at age 40 are posted. Stats are complied and compared among the races. Nearly 90,000 unique people visited the site in February to look for races, follow races or read Running News Daily. The traffic had doubled in a year. That's over one million annually. The growth of the site illustrates how road racing around the world was growing.
Everything was set for a banner year. The Boston Marathon had lined up another amazing field for their annual races that has been held every year since 1896 on Patriots Day. The London marathon had confirmed that the world's top two marathoners would battle it out on the streets of London. Maybe the first sub two hour marathon in a real race was going to happen? However both races were postponed and they hope to have races this fall. Some feel that is not going to happen.
It was in early February when people began talking about the Cornavirus. A virus started in China. But mostly people did not seem overly concerned.
The month before (January 26) the Ujena Fit Club (UFC) Training Camp in Thika Kenya was opened. The camp was not totally finished but the core group of runners had been selected, a time trial was staged and a traditional goat feed blessed the opening. A couple hundred people showed up for the affair.
A third floor of the club would be added in the following months to house guests interested in training with elite Kenyan runners. The official grand opening was set for the end of May with a Double Road Race 15k race planned the same weekend. Sponsored were being lined up for a world record attempt.
The top runner in the club and part owner is Joel Maina Mwangi. For the last couple of years prior he would travel to Italy in the spring and bring back enough prize money to take care of him and his family for the rest of the year.
2020 was going to be his best year yet. Joel was in top form being trained at his UFC Training Camp by coach Dennis. His teammates pushed Joel in three-a-day workouts to higher limits.
Joel left for Italy in early February right after the UFC Training Camp US partners Bob and Catherine Anderson had left after attending the opening.
Joel's first race was in Verona, Italy Feb 16. He won that race and clocked 1:00:40 for the half marathon, a personal best. His plan was to race each weekend after that and then run the Rome Half Marathon set for March 8. This point to point course is fast. Galen Rupp had won there a couple of years back breaking an hour in the process. Joel's plan was to win, break an hour for the first time and bring home the big prize purse.
This didn't happen as Italy started closing down their country to battle COVID-19. It was going out of control. Joel luckily left Italy March 7th for his home in Thika, Kenya while he could still travel. But not with the over $20k(US) he was planning on bringing back home with him.
The world was shutting down. Whole countries were locking down. The last race featured by MBR to take place was the LA Marathon March 8 along with several others held that same weekend. There has not been a significant race held any place in the world since March 8. California ordered everyone to Shelter in Place starting March 17. Other states and countries followed.
Every race scheduled for April or May and featured on the MBR website were either canceled or postponed. Most races also in June and July have been canceled or postponed as well. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year. The Berlin marathon in September was canceled (but they are trying to workout a new date), Western States 100, the Camrades Marathon, the Dipsea, and so many other well established races were cancelled.
Pippa Stevens a CNBC writer posted, "As running has grown in popularity, local clubs have popped up around the country, and there are now roughly 35,000 races each year in the U.S. alone, data from industry trade group Running USA shows.
"More than 44 million people in the U.S. identify as a runner, and 17.6 million people crossed the finish line in U.S. races in 2019.
"With all races cancelled for the time being, billions of dollars are at stake. The biggest marathons – from Boston to Chicago to London to Tokyo – inject hundreds of millions of dollars into local economies. The most recent analysis of the TCS New York City Marathon, for example, found that the race’s economic impact topped $400 million."
A lot is at stake. But race directors need to know that even if cities allow them to hold their races, not everyone will automatically be there on the starting line.
Dan Anderson wrote, "I am having a major motivational problem with my running! For the first time in my running career (almost 55 years) I have no races to train for. I really miss them. But I will not run in a race until a vaccine is available. Being 68 years old with several preexisting risk factors it is too dangerous! Hopefully within a year a vaccine will be available. Until then I will push myself to get out and run."
Racing is addictive and so many people around the world love it. Once things are figured out and it is safe again many will be there on the starting line.
Sam Tada who lives in Japan wrote, "Racing helped me so many times in my life and I miss it.
"Racing gives us opportunity of challenge, growth, and communication. It makes us happy and healthy mentally and physically. I love racing and miss it.
"We are facing difficult time right now but once this health concern is gone I think we will be able to enjoy racing more since we understand how racing is important for us.
"I am looking forward to racing again and I am trying to do my best effort to stop the spread of this virus."
There are a lot of things that will need to be addressed. Here are some ideas I have. Maybe at least for awhile or forever all runners will need to show up wearing a Face Mask.
Then they walk into a screening booth and have their temperature checked. If they pass, they walk into another booth were they are sprayed with a solution (totally safe) that would kill any viruses they may have on their clothing, shoes or body. At this point they are still wearing their face mask. And they continue to wear their face mask until about a quarter mile out or until there is spacing between them and others. Once they finish they put back on their Face Mask until they are back in their car.
Of course everyone would have to sign a Waiver saying that if they contract COVID-19 at the race and if they die later their family could not sue the race or city. No idea how porta potties, water stops or handing out medals at the end could work out other than eliminating them.
I see two problems with these ideas. Remember those people that are already not following the rules? Do you think they would show up at a race wearing a Face Mask? And we also know that signing a waiver does not restrict a family from sueing everyone if a member of their family dies from COVID-19 which they determined they got at a race. Even before this crisis a husband ran a half marathon in San Francisco and died at the finish line. He had signed a waiver but his wife sued everyone and won lots of money. The race Director got out of the business (sadly) yet he did nothing wrong from the inside information I know.
There is not a clear answer about the future of road racing. No matter how careful race directors, cities and charities (because they are big losers too) work together it would only take a few jerks to ruin it all.
So what race is going to be the first one back? Any day now the Old Dominion 100 Miler set for June 8th will be making a decision. They posted on their website, "The Old Dominion Run is still working all options in an attempt to have the run this year.
"We are working with numerous authorities in our area to assist in providing a good and safe race day experience for everyone involved. The governor of Virginia has gone to phase one in our area and our authorities are reviewing our plan vs the restrictions.
"Currently, part of our proposal has had to include a limit on our field to 50% for any hopes for us to proceed. We currently have 55 entrants and will not immediately be taking more from the wait list.
"Responses from the authorities will be a major part of our decision on 17 May. If the race proceeds, entries will not be more than 55. The waitlist will remain active," posted by Ray, Wynne and Race Management.
On June 20th the Shelter Island 10k (first photo) is scheduled to take place in Shelter Island New York. It is a big race and there are always fast winning times. We have contacted the race director and have not gotten a comment from them. There is no mention on their website about COVID-19. We are assuming they are trying to make it happen but what is their plan?
A couple of other races in late June are also trying to figure something out. Like the Halifax Marathon (second photo) has not torn in the towel just yet but are closely monitoring the situation as noted on their website.
Another one of the 837 races being followed by MBR wrote, "Our race was cancelled for this year, fingered crossed we will be back in 2021, april 17th.
"Our race of 2500 might look a bit different in 2021, 10 wave starts of 250 each? Each 10, 15 to 20 minutes apart? Lots of questions like what will aid stations look like and function? Maybe results may go to chip times, or no awards at all? Things will be different.
"The big question now is how we will all deal with the city, county and state mandates and permits. In the past, permits were a pretty easy process, no mass gatherings limitations.
"Locally I believe we will have some small events, mostly if not all on our trail system which limits events to 200 participants. A couple are still moving forward with fall dates, hopefully they will happen. Currently we have a limit for runs set by our city, set at 250 runners with wave starts, with really no other details. In the past road events have had much bigger fields. Going forward if the social distancing stays part of the rules it will be very hard to stage a very large running event.
"Events may look like some ultrarunning events, with very little or no finish line parties, just finish, quick drink and maybe food and head home.
"Runners and organizations will adapt to the rules and events will happen," wrote Brian at Race to Robie Creek.
Hopefully the game changer is going to be that a vaccine is created and COVID-19 is wiped off the face of the earth. Just as long as everyone gets vaccinated and don't continue to think that COVID-19 is no worse than the common flu. This could solve most everything as long as cities who issue permits think it is enough.
It sure would be nice to get back to things as they were. Or at least close to it. But many of us will continue to wash our hands more often, wear a face masks at times and not go out if they are not feeling well. Road racing is just too important to so many people.(05/17/2020) Views: 924 ⚡AMP
(May 19, 2020) Thank you all so much for your patience as we were waiting to hear back on all of our approvals today. However, we are very sad to say the race is cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We did not receive all of the approvals needed from our area authorities. See you in 2021. The Old Dominion...more...
This is a tough time for professional runners in Kenya and other parts of the world. All races in Italy have been cancelled for at least a month. Plus many other races in Europe have been cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus.
Case in point, Kenya's Joel Maina Mwangi had won three races in three weeks in Italy (last being March 1). In one race he clocked 1:00:40 and he was set to break an hour in Rome this weekend and win the race. This is the half where Galen Rupp ran his first sub hour half in 2018. That half marathon was cancelled and all the prize money associated with it. Of course, thousands of non-professional runners could not run either.
So Joel is heading home today to continue to train at the Ujena Fit Club training Camp in Thika. He had no reason to stay in Italy.
Like many professional runners he was looking forward to winning thousands of dollars from races to help support his family. Prize money has been his only source of income for several years. Kenya runners alone have been winning millions of dollars annually from races. Races featured on the My Best Runs lists over $20 million (US) of prize money. There is most likely over $25 million US being awarded annually. Much of this going to Kenya runners.
Hopefully the world will get a handle on this deadly virus. There have been no cases reported in Kenya todate.
"In the meantime our team in Thika at our UjENA Fit Club Training Camp is training hard and getting stronger and stronger," says Coach Dennis. What else can they do but remain positive.
"The spirit of our team is inspiring," says operations director Willie Korir. "We only started training together since January 19 of this year and our Ujena Fit Club team is really shaping up. We will be ready to run some good times."
This is a tough times for racing in many parts of the world. But things will return to normal at some people. Runners just need to keep training and be strong during this time.
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Jean Baptiste Simukeka from Rwanda wins the fourth edition of the White marble marathon in two hours, 20 minutes and 26 seconds. Great success for the running competition of our coast that was held this morning, organized by Paolo Barghini and supported by the Marble Foundation. A competition that also saw the participation of Nausicaa and Gaia as "plastic free" and schools in support of the organization of the race, in the refreshment and sponging points. At the starting line 1700 people, divided into 259 for the competitive marathon, 546 for the Half Marathon (with the Italian Veterans of the sport championship inside), 254 for the 30 km.
In the female category Maurizia Cunico won clocking 2:47:09.
For the half marathon Joel Maina Mwangi, Kenyan, training at the UjENA Fit Club Training Camp in Thika, finished the 21 kilometers in 1:05:58.
For women the first was the Italian Federica Proietti of Calcestruzzi Corradini Excels in 1:19:39 (18th position).
As for the Marble heroto bring home the medal was Federico Bordigon of the Vicenza marathon with 1:41:37. For women Concetta Santini (run card) with 2:01:19. First Apuan Francesco Salvatori of the Uisp Marina di Carrara. Diego Garbugino of the Apuan Alps Park (ninth position) won the section of the Italian Veterans of Sports Championship.
The patron Paolo Barghini was also satisfied with the way the marathon took place: “Running a marathon is always complicated. The race from a sporting point of view went well and the weather was also perfect.(02/23/2020) Views: 331 ⚡AMP
This year the White Marble Marathon will be the first plastic free marathon to be held in Italy. Here is how the event will be managed. First of all, in the race pack there will be nothing in plastic that is not reusable.So no bars or gels will be distributed in the race pack.This does not mean...more...
The Kenyan Joel Maina Mwangi and Valeria Straneo are the winners of the 13th edition of the Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon staged in Verona Italy on Sunday February 16 2020.
The men's race was fast with Mwangi crossing the finish line in 1:00:40 preceding the compatriots Solomon Koech (1:00:56) and Ishmael Chelanga Kalale (1:01:26) who dropped after the 15th kilometer. In fourth place was Sounder Moen, former European marathon record holder, clocking 1:01:28; in seventh was the German record holder Arne Gabius (1:03:23).
This was the fastest Italian half marathon of the last 365 days. After the race Joel Mwangi who is training at the newly opened (January 19) UjENA Fit Club Training Camp in Thika, Kenya said: "Despite a lot of corners, I took the lead from 18km. I was well prepared for any pace. Any time they tried to push I pushed back. At 10k I push for 1km (2:40) to break the group of four. We remained two, Solomon and me. At 18k I took over and he was not able to resist."
This was a personal best for Joel by 39 seconds. His pace was 2:50 per k. Third photo is Joel training with his Ujena Fit club team in Thika at an altitude of 5351 feet.
The Italian title goes to the policeman Daniele D'Onofrio in 1:93:15 (7th place and personal best) ahead of Neka Crippa (6th) and Xavier Chevrier (1:03:25).
In the women's race, Valeria Straneo, who took over at 2km from the finish, got rid of the Kenyan Lenah Jerotich, who finished second in 1:11:43, Straneo clocked 1:11:34. Giovanna Epis also did well placing third clocking 1:12:13.(02/16/2020) Views: 849 ⚡AMP
The Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon is held each February in Verona, a beautiful city of art and culture, and the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet play. It's a very popular early-season road running event that attracts a crowd of more than 5,000 half marathon runners and 500 relay teams (10km+11km). (2020) Joel Mwangi won the 13th Edition of...more...
Run The World Global Challenge is a world-wide celebration of running. The program was started by Bob Anderson one year ago, July 4, 2018. Since that time 281 runners around the world ran or walked and then logged 122,123 miles. This equals 335.5 miles daily or 2,348 miles weekly for 52 weeks which equals 4.9 times around the world.
"One of the key reasons we started this program," says creator Bob Anderson, My Best Runs and Runner's World magazine founder, "was to motivate people, bring together runners from all over and to run miles all over the world."
That all happen. Runners from 20 countries participated, miles were run in 75 countries and it certainly motivated many runners to run more miles than they were running before.
53-year-old James Kalani had not run much over the last few years and then he entered the RTW Challenge. After getting in good shape over several months, he started pushing it for Challenge #5 which started March 31. Over the last 94 days he ran and logged 1536 miles. That's 114 miles weekly. It was not just covering miles, many were quality. On June 16 he ran 30.6 miles at an average pace of 6:41 per mile.
Before the RTW Challenge creator Bob Anderson was running on average 20 miles weekly. "I got so motivated by this challenge," says Bob. "I looked forward to running not just one time daily but often I would run two or three times. I took a photo everyday and posted it in our Runner's Feed. I also read every post and commented on each for the whole year. I have been running since 1962 and have run nearly 1,000 races. I am an addicted runner but I needed something new and this was it."
In the end Bob averaged 5 miles daily or 35 miles weekly for a total of 1830 miles for the year. With the added miles he also improved his racing performance. He ran 7:54 pace for 10k and placed third 70 plus at the London 10,000 in May. A race with nearly 20,000 runners.
The RTW Challenge team did some amazing things during the year. 69-year-old Brent Weigner lives in Cheyenne Wyoming but many of his 2036 miles were run outside of the United States. In fact Brent ran miles in 30 different countries.
The most miles were run and logged in the United States. The top five countries were: United States (64,899 miles), Kenya (24,066 miles), Palau (8,242 miles), India (7,423 miles) and South Africa (6,765). The amazing story here is that the little country of Palau has less that 22,000 inhabitants and placed third. Their team leader Aaron Salvador logged 1,584 miles himself and encouraged his team to run and log.
The team leader for South Africa, Liz Dumon, is the key reason why her country placed fourth. She herself ran and logged 1000 miles. Liz encouraged people to sign up. In fact our youngest members were twins she recruited along with mom and grandma. The 7-year-old twins Jonathan (logged 118 miles) and his sister Michelle (logged 100 miles) had loads of fun and posted regularly in the Runners Feed. Their dogs joined in on the fun too. (Third photo of twins with Grandma)
Their 56-year-old grandma (Johanna Fourie) logged 672 miles and placed 10th for females. Right behind her was mom (Erika Fourie) with 625 miles.
Who said age is just a number? The top three overall females were 65 plus. Placing first was 68-year-old Kat Powell (USA). She logged 1271 miles. Not far back was 69-year-old Linda Robinson (USA) with 1145 miles followed by 65-year-old Carmella DiPippa (PW) with 1040 miles. Sixth female was 71-year-old Karen Galati (USA) who logged 835 miles.
On the men's side there were so many stars. 35-year-old Kenyan Eliud Esinyen averaged 15.7 miles daily or 110 miles weekly (second photo). Many times he ran three times daily. On April 21 he ran a marathon on a tough course at high altitude clocking 2:22:46 which is 5:27/mile pace. On January 27 he ran a 10k clocking 31:05. Eliud ran and logged the most with 5,738 miles.
Kenya's team leader Willie Korir (27) placed second overall with 5195 miles. He also posted images regularly in the Runners Feed along with comments. He also wrote several stories for My Best Runs Running News Daily column including finding inside information about the king of the marathon, Eluid Kipchoge.
The first American and third overall was 45-year-old Michael Wardian with 3618 miles (frist photo). This ultra star pulled off many amazing feats during the year. Most recently on June 29 he ran 89.9 miles around Washington DC. On May 4th he ran 62.14 miles at 7:14/mile average pace in Sacramento. He ran the Big Sur Marathon in 2:35:18 making the podium. He had run the Boston Marathon earlier a little faster clocking 2:33:23.
In March he travelled to Israel and posted the fastest known time on the 631-mile Natoinal Israel Trail. He covered this distance in 10 days, 16 hours and 36 minutes. Earlier he not only ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days (winning them all) he tacked on three more marathons when he got home. That's ten marathons in ten days. He is the complete runner with a wide range. On Feb 10th he ran a 5k in 17:01.
"Michael is one amazing versatile runner and we were happy when he decided to join our team," says Bob Anderson.
Second American and fifth overall was 75-year-old Frank Bozanich who logged 3523 miles. Frank has run many ultra races over the years and have won many. Lots of these miles were not real fast compared to what he has done before. But on July 30th last year he ran 20 miles in Reno in two hours and 43 minutes. That is an 8:09/mile pace.
Finishing in seventh place was 72-year-old Paul Shimon who logged 2835. Like so many of our team, Paul had to deal with a lot of bad weather in Kansas during the winter. But he layered up and got in the miles.
Michael T Anderson (61) placed eighth overall logging 2,798 with lots of fast times along the way. He has run over 130,000 miles in his lifetime so far. On June 8th he ran 19:13 for 5k in Atlanta where he lives. On April 28 he clocked 39:25 for 10k.
"The fastest runner on our team was Joel Maina Mwangi," says Bob Anderson. This 34-year-old Kenyan placed 13th overall with 1,953 miles logged. On March 10 he ran a 30:14 10k in Torino Italy. He ran six half marathons under 1:05. His fastest was run in Aosta, Italy where he clocked 1:02:50 on September 30.
"There are as many amazing stories," says Bob Anderson. "I am glad our event is helping motivate runners all over the world. I am looking forward for year two."
What's next? Run The World Global Challenge #6 will be a 10-week program. There is no entry fee. You just need to have a free My Best Runs (the sponsor of this program) account and sign up for Run The World.(07/03/2019) Views: 1,696 ⚡AMP
Run The World Global Challenge is a world wide celebration of running. RTWChallenge 9 started Jan 1, 2021 and will go the entire year with monthly winners. Here is he link for the official results of Run The World 52-Week Challenge. Congrats to all our participants. RTW Challenge #8 was January 1, 2020 to December 31 2020. RTW Challenge #7...more...
"We have finished," says Lize Dumon (photo) a RTW Challenge 2 team member from South Africa, "Great achievement! But this morning, going out for my run just felt that little bit harder. I haven't realized how precious this RTW community has become to me. It is like an extended running family, a safe place to share everything running without rolling eyes and sighs from non-runners. It has become a place where I learn so much about running from reading everybody's posts and a place of immense encouragement! I don't want to leave this place... bring it on Challenge 3!"
Run The World Global Run Challenge is a global event celebrating running, motivating the team, inspiring others and completing the goal. The 131 member RTW Challenge 2 team ran and logged miles in 24 countries reaching a total of 24,901 miles in 44 days 18 hours 29 minutes.
"This event is a real motivator. Many of our members (including me) ran many more miles than usual," says Run The World Challenge Team Caption, Bob Anderson. 34-year-old team member Carmen Gair from South Africa posted, "Thank you...for this amazing challenge...thank you...for motivating me to run more than double my usual mileage in this amount of time."
She ran and logged 151 miles in 44 days. Team members added this challenge to their existing goals and used the Challenge to further motivate them.
"Here are the special awards for our RTW Challenge 2 team," says Bob Anderson who reached 260.66 miles himself.
For Outstanding achievement: Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 801 miles...
Most Inspiring: Lize Dumon set her goal to reach 200 miles and she did that. She also motivated other team members in South Africa that she recruited to reach their goal as well...
Most Motivating: Aaron L. Salvador from the little country of Palau logged 377.99 miles, recruited others and posted a note and photo everyday...For
Best Performance: Willie Korir (second photo) from Kenya logged the most miles (993.88) which is an average of 22.5 miles per day. This is being shared with Joel Maina Mwangi also from Kenya who not only logged in 610.44 miles but he raced four half marathons during the Challenge period clocking 1:02:52, 1:03:19, 1:02:50 and 1:02:54...
Five Most Inspiring stories: based on their story posted on My Best Runs: (this award goes to the five who received the most views on My Best Runs) Joyce Lee (1178 views), Michael Wardian (851 views), Gloria Nasr (616 views), Joel Maina Mqangi (492 views), Pete Magill (400 views)...
Best Youngest performance: Zander Brister age 11 logged 16.32 miles. He ran one mile in Hollister clocking 6:19 and he also averaged 7:42/mile pace at the Pacific Grove Double Road Race 15k...
Best Oldest performance: Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 801 miles. Shared with 71-year-old Paul Shimon who logged 655.37 miles...
Top Fifteen Spirit awards: (Based on posts on the RTW Feed) Aaron L Salvador, Michael Anderson, Brent Weigner, Danilo Purlia, Larry Allen, Asya Cabral, Lize Dumon, Roger Wright, Geoffrey Smith, Carmen Gair, Annie Conneau, Joseph Brazil, Vince Martignetti, Marnie Margolis, Willie Korir...
Best Single Run: Michael Wardian when he ran 184.5 miles in 36 hours 48 minutes 14 seconds on the C&O Canal Trail...
Notable Mentions: Boaz Kipyego logged 788.61 miles and came to the United States and placed fourth at the Twin City Marathon. Rosaline Nyawira was first female logging 454.37 miles. Brent Weigner (69) has been running races every weekend including running a marathon in another country Sri Lanka. He logged 258 miles. James Kalani has gotten back into running (this challenge motivating him) and has already run 4 miles at 5:33 pace. He logged 252 miles.
Ultra marathon star Gloria Nasr from France logged 237 miles. Rosaura Tennant ran both the Berlin and Chicago marathon during this Challenge. Becca Pizzi was first woman in the marathon run inside a NFL stadium in Boston...
"Everyone is a winner on our team," says Bob Anderson. "I can't wait to do this again." RTW Challenge 3 start Oct 29.(10/13/2018) Views: 1,313 ⚡AMP
Joel maina Mwangi was born in a small village of Thika town, about one hour outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Joel says, "I was raised up in a difficult situation. Eating was 50-50 but by the grace of God i was sponsored for secondary education."
Today the 33-year-old Joel is married and has two boys. "I always work hard to raise my boys in a good and better environment than i got," he says. "My school was 6km from home and I used to run to school for eight years (6-14) to avoid being late...otherwise I would be punished."
In 1998 he took part in a 10000m and won it. "My sport teacher noticed I could run," Joel remembers. "He encourage me to start training and from there I started training every morning before school." He did not stop there.
"I was the king of athletics." Joel is now a professional runner. "Racing sustain me and my family. It has enabled me to build a house and travel." Running has given him the opportunity to travel to different countries.
"My first trip abroad was to Belgium. i stayed there for one and half month. I had a difficult time because i was not in good condition. I came back home with 10€ ($15). That day I will never forget. I lost money but I learned a lesson."
Asked what is his secret to success Joel says, "I believe even if you are in good shape but mentally weak, I will defeat you. So I always tell my running mates to be strong mentally to conquer." He has been training in Austria, Hungary and now Italy. He says this about Italy.
"Despite its low altitude I like it. The advantage for me is because I complete in many races and train with Italian runners here." He runs for the Dinamo Running Club. Asked why he joined the Run The World Challenge for a second time. "I like it...it motivates me. It brings runners from different corners of the world together. It helped me a lot this season as I worked more to try to be the leader. But Korir managed to be the leader for Challenge 1. Due to that...I will sponsor Willie Korir for his start number and transport from wherever he will be within Kenya for the 2018 Nairobi marathon," he says.
Joel's personal records are: Marathon 2:14, 30kms 1:31, Half Marathon 1:01:16, 10km-28:26 (track), 5km 13:46, 3km 8:07 1-mile 4:06, 1km 2:28. "I am looking forward to be the best of the best. Don't tell me I am getting old..."old is Gold."
In the first Run The World Challenge Joel logged 511.36 miles placing him third. So far on Challenge 2 he has logged 224.9 miles and he is in fourth place. Most recently (September 9) he placed third at the Minski Half Marathon clocking 1:02:55. Photo: Joel (white jersey) running along side Charles Cheruiiyot Toroitich at the 2014 (Half) Marathon Solidarności in Poland. Joel clocked 1:01:16(09/12/2018) Views: 1,409 ⚡AMP