KIMbia’s Kenyans Win 35th Bellin Run

Allan Kiprono won the 35th Bellin Run on Saturday. Photo:

Fast times for East African runners at Wisconsin’s largest road race

It was entirely a Kenyan affair at the 35th annual Bellin Run 10K in Green Bay Wisconsin last Saturday. KIMbia’s Allan Kiprono, coached by Dieter Hogen, crossed the line first in 28:29. He was only challenged in the first half of the race by eventual second-place finisher Lani Rutto Kiplagat who ended up coming in 35 seconds behind Kiprono.

“I’m so grateful,” Allan Kiprono said after his win. “I was expecting a lot. My last two or three races, I finished two, two, two … This is my first time [running the Bellin], so I didn’t know the course, so I just followed the vehicle only.”

The women’s winner was also a member of the KIMbia training group. Jelliah Tinega of Kenya broke the tape in 32:34. Tinega, who had won the race last year, went out with some of the leading men as part of her race tactic.

It paid off.

“I was behind the men, so that they could push me to win this,” recalled Jelliah, who ended up 16th overall. “I kept following the men and afterwards, I went at my own pace.”

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