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Wesley Korir Elected To Kenyan Parliament

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 8, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM UTC
Wesley Korir won't be resting on his laurels. Photo: PhotoRun.net

But he’s not hanging up his racing shoes.

Kenya’s parliament just got a lot faster. According to a report posted on the Capital FM Web site, Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir was just elected to his nation’s legislative body.

Just 30, Korir ran as an independent candidate.

He unseated incumbent Joshua Kutuny.

“It was a tough campaign running against seasoned opponents,” Korir said. “As an athlete and an independepent candidate it was not easy for me.”

Korir runs a children’s charity called the Kenya Kids Foundation.

“It was a very expensive campaign. Kenyan elections are based on party politics, but the way I ran my campaign on development issues won over many of the voters,” he added.

Despite his win, Korir won’t be retiring from the sport of running anytime soon. He will run the Boston Marathon that takes place on April 17.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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