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Dominic Ondoro wins the Grandma’s Marathon

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.



  1. Dominic Ondoro     (KEN0 2:09:34
  2. Sammy Rotich          (KEN) 2:10.07
  3. James Ngandu          (KEN) 2:10.17
  4. Elisha Barno             (KEN) 2:10.22
  5. Cj Albertson              (USA) 2:10.52

John Korir defends his LA Marathon title

Kenya’s John Korir defended his title at the 35th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Los Angeles, California.

Korir has participated in this race three times with the first time finishing in second place before going a notch higher  and improving performance to win the last year’s in 2:12.46.

Korir broke away from his fellow country-mate, Edwin Kimutai at the 35km mark as he powered on to a solo run cutting the tape in a new personal best of 2:09.07.

His victory Sunday makes him a back-to-back winner like his older brother Wesley Korir, who also won back-to-back LA Marathons in 2009 and 2010.

“This time I was in good shape, so I (was able) to do my personal best,” said Korir.

Kimutai was left with no option but to settle in second place as he crossed the line a minute later in a time of 2:10.42.

Ethiopia’s Behanu Bekele Berga closed the podium first three finishes in 2:15.10.

United States Tyler McCandless and Elisha Barno from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:15.18 and 2:16.38 respectively.

The race course record of 2:06.35 that was set in 2011 by Markos Geneti from Ethiopia remains standing.

Korir pocketed a cool $10,000 as prize money.




  1. John Korir               (KEN) 2:09.07
  2. Edwin Kimutai       (KEN) 2:10.42
  3. Behanu Berga         (ETH) 2:15.10
  4. Tyler McCandless  (USA) 2:15.18
  5. Elisha Barno           (KEN) 2:16.38

James Ngandu beats Elisha Barno to lift the Houston Marathon title

Kenya’s James Ngandu took the top honors in his marathon debut at the 50th edition of the Houston Marathon that was held on Sunday (16) at the Houston, Texas, United States.

The 31 year-old battled the experienced Elisha Barno who is fresh from winning the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon and he came to this race carrying an all time best of 2:09.32 that he got at the 2018 edition.

Ngandu was too good to handle as he gave a kick of his lifetime to cut the tape in a personal best of 2:11.03 with Barno coming home in second place thirteen seconds later.

Japanese Kenta Uchida closed the first three podium finishes in 2:11.19.

Ethiopia’s Keikile Gezahegn crossed the line in fourth place in 2:11.20.

Ethiopia’s Tariku Jufar’s record of 2:06.51 that he set in 2012 remained intact.

Elisha Barno wins his second Title at Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

Elisha Kiprop Barno ran away with his second title at the 18th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon that was held on Sunday (31) at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

The 36 year-old made two after winning the 2018 edition and today he beat a strong field to make it two with a time of 2:11.09 which is his fastest time at this race.

Elisha Kiprop expressed his joy at winning saying, “I am very pleased to have participated in this year’s marathon. I commenced training in June and it’s good to see the results of my hard work. I look forward to continuous growth in my athletic journey with hopes to participate in international marathons as well.’’ said Barno

The 2015 Kisumu City marathon winner, Alphonce Kigen came home in second place three seconds later with the 2016 Stanchart Half Marathon ninth place finisher Joshua Kogo wrapping up the first three podium finishes in 2:11.14.

Kennedy Cheserek and Stephen Mungathi finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:11.30 and 2:11.39 respectively.



  1. Elisha Barno             2:11.09
  2. Alphonce Kigen       2:11.11
  3. Joshua Kogo             2:11.14
  4. Kennedy Cheserek   2:11.30
  5. Stephen Mungathi    2:11.39

Barno writes history as he wins fourth consecutive Grandma’s Marathon title

Kenya’s Elisha Barno remained unbeaten when he defended his title at the 42nd edition of the Grandma’s Marathon that was held on Saturday (16) along the North Shore, in Minnesota.

Approaching the Talmadge River halfway to Canal Park, Barno accelerated. He was really moving now, putting space between himself and the field. A 10-meter lead became 40.

Barno took advantage of spectacular conditions to produce the third-fastest finishing time in Grandma’s history. It was 55 degrees at the start line in Two Harbors, with a 6-mph tailwind and overcast sky. Fog came and went.

The 32 year-old made history when he won the race four times in a row cutting the tape 2:10.06.

“No one has beaten me since I came here, so Grandma’s is my favorite race,” said Barno, who lives in Eldoret and races without a sponsor. “At 24 miles I thought maybe I could run 2:08, but the weather was changing. The air was very light when we started [at 7:45 a.m.]. It was colder and heavier off [Lake Superior] at the end. Otherwise, it was a very good day to run.”

Ethiopia’s Birhanu Dare Kemal took second position when he crossed the line in 2:12.21 and was followed a distant later with Rodgers Gesabwa who is also from Kenya closing the podium three finish in


Barno, took home a cool $12,500 and also was added $2,500 for running under 2:11.


  1. Elisha Barno           (KEN) 2:10.06
  2. Birhanu Kemal       (ETH) 2:12.21
  3. Rodgers Gesabwa  (KEN) 2:13.23

Kirui takes second Los Angeles Marathon title

Kenya’s Weldon Kirui took the top honors at the 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Marathon that was held on Sunday (18) in Los Angeles, California.

The 32 year-old grabbed a bottle of water and pulled away from Ethiopia’s Gebresadik Adihana at the 24th mile and charged towards a second Los Angeles Marathon victory in the last three years.

Kirui cut the tape in 2:11.48 and was followed by Adihana who crossed the line nine seconds later.

The defending champion Elisha Barno also from Kenya settled on third place with 2:12.47. Ukraine’s Ihor Russ and Kenya’s Daniel Limo took fourth and fifth place in 2:15.51 and 2:17.03 respectively.



  1. Weldon Kirui              (KEN)  2:11:48
  2. Gebresadik Adihana (ETH)  2:11:57
  3. Elisha Barno              (KEN)  2:12:47
  4. Ihor Russ                    (UKR)  2:15:51
  5. Daniel Limo              (KEN)  2:17:03
  6. Ismail Ssenyange     (UG)     2:21:41
  7. Rachid Ezzouniou    (MOR) 2:22:42