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Monicah Ngige and Caroline Chepkoech make their marathon debut in Boston

Kenya’s Monicah Ngige will be making her marathon debut at the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, October 11 in Boston.

The 27 year-old who has 14 career wins had great success on the roads of Boston in 2019, winning the B.A.A. 5K, finishing third at the B.A.A. Half Marathon, and sixth at the B.A.A. 10K.

Ngige comes to this race with a personal best of 1:07.29 that she got in 2019 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, where she finished in fourth place.

Ngige will face another debutant Kenyan born but now trading for Kazakhstan Caroline Chepkoech.

Chepkoech is a two times African champion who is trained by two coaches Ken Rotich from Kenya and Richards Anderson from the United States. She holds a personal best of 1:05.07 that she got at the 2018 Ras Al Khaimah International Half Marathon. This time placed her as the fourth fastest female half marathoner of all time.

The two will face seven international athletes who have run sub-2:22 during their careers led by Ethiopia’s Yebrgual Melese (2:19.36), Mare Dibaba (2:19.52), Workenesh Edesa (2:20.24), Sutume Kebede (2:20.30), and Sutume Kebede (2:20.30). The top Kenyans are Ednah Kiplagat, the 2017 women’s race champion (2:19.50), and Helah Kiprop (2:21.27).

Helah Kiprop to battle Ednah Kiplagat at the Boston Marathon

Former World Athletics Championships silver medallist, Helah Kiprop will battle for the top honors at the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on October 11th in Boston, Massachusetts

Kiprop who competed at the virtual Boston marathon last year, has intensified her training in Iten under head coach David Marus.

She will battle for the pole position with the likes off with 2013 World Champion Ednah Kiplagat, Diana Chemtai, Purity Changwony, Caroline Chepkoech and Monica Wanjiru.

“My training is going on well with hopes of earning good results in Boston after a very long time out of competition due to maternity leave,” said Kiprop.

She last competed at the 2018 Tokyo marathon where she finished 5th and she is set to make her return with a bang.

“It has been a while since I competed in a race and this time, I hope I will run well and am strong after three years out of competition but that has not killed my spirit. Am training more to ensure I get good results,” added Kiprop.

The former Tokyo Marathon champion competed at the Eldoret City marathon in June to gauge her form in preparations for the races ahead.

“I competed at the Eldoret City marathon not for the prize but to gauge my speed and form. I decided not to finish and realized I was fit for bigger races,” said Kiprop.

Commenting on her virtual Boston marathon, she said that the race was not that competitive since she ran alone in the virtual relays.

Kiprop was 7th and 4th at the London and Berlin marathon in 2017 and 2013 respectively, which are part of the world marathon majors.