Yegon Eyeing Toronto Marathon Victory

Gilbert Yegon running in the 2010 Boston Marathon. Photo:

He thinks he can cash in there.

Three years ago, Gilbert Yegon of Kenya was getting a lot of press. After all, he bettered Haile Gebrselassie’s course record at the Amsterdam Marathon by two seconds. In that race, Yegon clocked 2:06:18.

Afterwards, Yegon made the case that he could have run faster in Amsterdam were it not for nagging muscle cramps.

Now Yegon, who is 24 years old, prepares to take on the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 14.

“I am hoping to run a good time — under 2 hours 6 minutes if it’s God’s will,” Yegon says. “I will fight to get those [time] bonuses.”

The bonuses he refers to are a whopping $25,000 offered up if any runner can break the course record, which is currently 2:07:58, held by fellow Kenyan Kenneth Mungara.

And to sweeten the pot, if Yegon goes under 2:06, he will walk away with $50,000.

“I run throughout the year two times a day but on Sunday I run once,” Yegon says. “When I am not training I relax and socialize with my fellow friends.”

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