Kenyans Triumph At Carlsbad Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 25, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM UTC
Wesley Korir breaks the tape for the third time in a row in Carlsbad. Photo: NC Times

Wesley Korir breaks the tape for the third time in a row in Carlsbad. Photo: NC Times

The Kenyans continue to dominate the California race.

It was a double three-peat at the Carlsbad Half Marathon last Sunday. Wesley Korir won the men’s division, while Jane Kibii broke the tape in the women’s division.

Korir’s victory was hardly easy, however, as he struggled to fend off fellow Kenyan Macdonald Ondara during the race. His winning time was 1:02:46, while Ondara came in 12 seconds behind in 1:02:58.

“With 100 meters to go, I made the move,” Korir recalled afterwards. “I just kept pushing, pushing, and the spectators were awesome. This is a good place to start the year.”

The top American male runner was Paul Wellman who came in at 1:08:31.

“This was a confidence-builder, for sure,” said Wellman. “This was my PR for this race. This course is always challenging, and today was no exception.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Jane Kibii ran virtually unopposed to win in 1:12:33. The next finisher didn’t come in for another two and a half minutes.

“I was alone all the way,” Kibii said. “I had two men to follow.”

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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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