Kenyan-Born American Blazes Montreal Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 26, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM UTC
Joseph Chirlee breaks the tape in Montreal. Photo:

He defeated the 2008 champion

The streets of Montreal were filled with thousands of runners last weekend.

The first person to cross the line at the city’s annual marathon was Kenyan-born American Joseph Chirlee, who broke the tape in two hours, 18 minutes and 42.4 seconds.

After the race, Chirlee admitted that the colder-than-usual air made breathing difficult in the race’s early stage.

“The muscles were cramping a lot,” he recall. “But we did good. Struggled with the wind, struggled with the cold, and we still ran well.”

Lamech Mokono of Kenya, the 2008 champion, was second 7.8 seconds behind Chirlee.

In the women’s race, Doreen Kitaka prevailed with 2:47:41.2. Kenya’s Anne Kibor came across the line 34 seconds later.

Marco Dozzi of Pittsburgh was the overall winner in the half marathon that was held in conjunction with the marathon. He clocked 1:09:59.8. The women’s half winner was Natalie Sololova of Russia in 1:17:46.2.

Combining the marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K, a total of 27,000 competitors took part in the race.

For More: CBC


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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