He was unable to hold off a high school relay team.
It was all puddles and splashing for Kenya’s John Itati at the 2011 edition of the MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon on Sunday. The 37-year-old won the race in two hours, 17 minutes, and 21 seconds. He was able to hold off the defending champion, James Kirwa, also of Kenya, by passing him at the 21-mile mark.
Itati was awarded $5000 for first place, but was unable to defeat a mixed high school relay team of 10 boys and six girls, thereby missing out on an additional $1500.
The relay team caught Itati with just two miles to go. Virgilio Martinez, the team’s anchor was the one who caught the Kenyan.
“I didn’t see him until right before he ran by me,” said Itati of Martinez. “My legs were tired by then.”
Kirwa ended up placing second in 2:18:41. The top American was former Penn State All-American Tyler McCandless, who finished third in 2:24:38.
Jeff Sadler of Waco was the top Texan. He came in behind McCandless in 2:29:14.
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