Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro ran the second fastest course time at the 45th edition of the Grandma’s Marathon held on Saturday in in Duluth, Minnesota, in the United States.
Ondoro who broke Dick Beardsley’s longstanding event record of 2:09.06 in 2014 for his first win in Duluth, came back with a bang with his first competitive race since 2019 when he ran away with the top honors in a time of 2:09.34 and was followed by his compatriot Sammy Rotich who crossed the line in 2:10.07 with James Ngandu closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:10.17.
“It’s emotional to come back here. I like the way people cheer us and interact with us. That’s what makes me come back and run here,” said Ondoro.
Four times Grandma Marathon winner, Elisha Barno and Cj Albertson from the United States finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:10.22 and 2:10.52 respectively.
The win for Ondoro also extends the winning streak of Kenyan men at Grandma’s Marathon to eight, dating back to his first victory in 2014.
- Dominic Ondoro (KEN0 2:09:34
- Sammy Rotich (KEN) 2:10.07
- James Ngandu (KEN) 2:10.17
- Elisha Barno (KEN) 2:10.22
- Cj Albertson (USA) 2:10.52