January 25th. I mentioned on Saturday how nice it is to follow some of our STWM alumni and see how well they are doing around the world. It always seems gratifying to know that wherever they go, whatever great heights they achieve, they’ll always have “STWM” on their running resume. They’ve shared their running with us, and ours and our city, our country with them.
On Friday, Lydia Cheromei and Atsede Bayisa both placed in the top 5 in the “world’s richest marathon” in Dubai. Lydia ran especially well, with a big PR for 2nd place in 2:23:01, and $100,000 in prize money! Atsede was 5th in 2:25:08.
And we wonder if they ever remember Toronto…?
Francis Coral-Mellon — the talented young guy who does most of our STWM and Canada Running Series videos for www.crstv.ca is currently in Kenya filming and sent us the following note:
“I am talking to a lot of guys over here about Toronto, who have run it before! They think it is a fast course with the possibility of a 2:06 with good pacemaking and weather!! Regards from Kenya!!”
While we’re on this track, I heartily recommend checking out some of Francis’ new videos that are starting to appear from his trip. His latest one is on the Grand Opening of the Martin Lel School. We’re definitely looking forward to some of the videos Francis and Matt shoot for us, showing more of the lives of our Kenyan athlete/STWM alumni. Stay tuned…
Coincidentally, Speed River’s Reid Coolsaet is also over in Kenya doing soem training and staying in Lorna Kiplagat’s camp. Read his blog posts for more Toronto/STWM/Kenya ties. http://reidcoolsaet.com/ Read about Reid’s hanging out with Asbel Kiprop, Duncan Kibet and “Geofrey Mutai [who] lives just by us” …taking a matatu to watch the major Discovery XC race in Eldoret this past Sunday, 5 people on a motorbike, Shoe4Africa, and more….
For the IAAF race peport on the Kenya Discovery XC, see http://www.iaaf.org/WXC11/news/kind=100/newsid=59125.html
Time to turn my thoughts closer to home. New BROOKS shoes and a new STWM ball-cap JUST arrived in time for my Houston Marathon Trip coming up this weekend. But more about that tomorrow,