Edna Kiplagat Feels At Home In Boulder

Edna Kiplagat trained on Boulder's Magnolia Road to prepare for the ING NYC Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The ING New York City Marathon champion enjoys training in Colorado.

Though she’s a Kenyan, Edna Kiplagat, spends a lot of her time running in Boulder–specifically the rolling hills and steep climbs of that city’s famed Magnolia Road.

“The first time I took her to Magnolia, it was just deceptive how fast she was moving,” said her manager, Brendan Reilly, of Boulder Wave management company. “We’re up there, and I was thinking, ‘Oh, she’s just jogging along.’ With other runners, if they’re running 6 or 6:15 [per mile] pace or under, you know they’re working at it. Watching her go along, it looks effortless.”

Kiplagat has been regularly coming to Boulder to train for long stretches from around the time she won the Bolder Boulder in 2007.

Her husband, Gilbert Koech, is also her trainer.

“The community of Boulder is so nice,” Koech said. “First, there’s concentration and focus — facilities, other runners. The city … has a lot of open space for good training. Magnolia is the best place.”

The couple plans to return to Kenya at the end of the month to be reunited with their two young children, whom they’ve left in the care of family members. Together, the family hopes to move to Boulder permanently one day, where Kiplagat would like to train full-time

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