Kenya’s Elisha Barno won a record fifth at the 47th edition of the Grandma’s Marathon held on Saturday (17) in Canada.
The 38 year-old who was on Friday inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of a three-person Class of 2023, beat the defending champion, his training partner and the race course record holder Dominic Ondoro.
Barno pulled away from Ondoro at the 37km mark and never looked back as he headed on a London Road downhill heading toward downtown Duluth to surge further ahead alone and cutting the tape in the second fastest time of 2:09.14 which is also his personal best with the latter forced to settle in second place in a time of 2:09.59.
Running is about training,” when you get older, the problem is about injuries. When you train well and you don’t get injuries, you can run well here,” said Barno
Barno has won four straight titles from 2015-2018. This was his seventh appearance in Grandma’s Marathon as he led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish with Panuel Mkungo who was making his debut over the distance wrapping up the podium three finishes in a personal best of 2:10.20.
Barno took home a cool earned $12,500, including $2,500 for finishing sub-2:10 with Ondoro taking home $10,000 and Mukungo earning $7000 for his third spot.
Kenya has won 23 of the past 26 Grandma’s titles, including the past 13 in a row.