A Kenyan’s Dream To Make It In The U.S.

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 21, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM UTC
Caroline Kirui is in the U.S. to earn some road race money for her family. Photo:

Caroline Kirui is in the U.S. to earn some road race money for her family. Photo:

She is only 20 years old and needs to win races to support her family.

She is far, far away from her husband. She’s separated from her tribe, too. But those hardships aren’t stopping Kenyan runner Caroline Kirui from coming to the United States.

She’s here to race on the roads and make some money to take home to her family.

Kirui is only 20 years old and is visiting the U.S. on a tourist visa. She is hoping to run distances from the 5K to the marathon and earn enough so that she can bring her husband, Weldon, also an elite runner, to the U.S. to visit and run. Kirui is staying as the guest of elite distance runner Brad Poore.

Poore had trained three times at a distance camp in the Rift Valley and can relate to how Kirui feels being separated from family and friends. In the past three years, he has brought several Kenyan runners to the U.S. in what has become an informal running exchange program.

“This is Caroline’s first trip and she doesn’t have a sponsor yet,” Poore said. “The objective is to go home with enough money so that she’s able to come back and make enough to help her family and support her running. If she can go home with a couple of thousand dollars [this time], it’d be good.”

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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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