Boniface Kongin won Saturday’s Grandma’s Marathon in 2:11:56, but he wasn’t wearing an elite bib. Kongin, known during the race as number 7110, surprised spectators by running away from the field at 2:06 pace. The Duluth News Tribune reports that he slowed dramatically by the end of the race, but had enough of a gap to hold off second.
Kongin won the Pittsburgh Marathon in early May with a time of 2:10:34 and was second at the 2018 Twin Cities Marathon. The runner is from Iten, Kenya. Second place went to Andrew Colley in 2:12:13 and third place to Herbert Okuti in 2:13:01.
In the women’s results Nell Rojas took the title in 2:28:06, a shocking three-minute personal best. Rojas ran her debut marathon in December at the California International Marathon in 2:31:23, coming from a triathlon, OCR and track background. She was a track athlete at Northern Arizona University. Rojas’ time smashes the Olympic qualification standard and is within the qualifying window. She will certainly be a contender at the 2020 trials, which will run on February 29, 2020.
Nell is the daughter for former 15,000m world record holder Ric Rojas.
Second place went to Margaret Njuguna in 2:33:12 and third place to Sophie Seward in 2:33:21.