East Africans Flocking To The Miami Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 21, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM UTC

One of the pre-race favorites is a 2:11 marathoner.

Of the 20,000 expected participants in the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on January 30, a handful of top-notch talent from East Africa will be going for the marathon win. The list of Kenyans and Ethiopians includes the following runners: Peter Kemboi, Ronald Kiptoo Kurui and David Opiro Marruti and Ethiopians Tesfaye Sendeku and Girma A. Segni.

The 26-year-old Sendeku boasts a 2:11 marathon PR that he ran in Valencia, Spain last year.

This amount of talent does not bode well for American serial marathoner Mike Wardian, who hopes to defend his title. He won last year’s race in 2:28:39. Wardian was the runner up at the Walt Disney World Marathon earlier this month with a 2:27.

In other Miami Marathon news, race organizers are expecting a record turnout. Last year, 18,321 took part in the combined races.

“Even in the tough economic times that we have been experiencing the past few years, the continued growth of the ING Miami Marathon is proof that running is important in people’s lives and has become a part of their lifestyle,” said race director David Scott.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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