Boston Marathon champ Wesley Korir to race Ottawa

January 8th, 2014 by | Posted in Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Wesley Korir touches the ground after winning the 2012 Boston Marathon Credit: photorun.net
Wesley Korir touches the ground after winning the 2012 Boston Marathon
Credit: photorun.net

The Ottawa Race Weekend got a big confirmation to add to their elite startlist.

Wesley Korir, who won the 2012 Boston Marathon, will be racing the marathon in Ottawa on May 25 during the Ottawa Race Weekend. Korir also won back-to-back Los Angeles marathons in 2009 and 2010.

This will be the 40th anniversary of the Ottawa Race Weekend and race organizers are working hard to put together a strong elite field.

“Canada has been my training base and my second home for the last couple of years,” said Korir. “Having this opportunity to compete on Canadian soil is what I have been longing for. My goal in Ottawa is to win.”

Korir, a Kenyan, is married to Tarah McKay-Korir, a Canadian runner who has won the Yonge St. 10K and Harry’s Spring Run-off. The two have a young daughter, McKayla. They met at the University of Louisville where they were on the track and field team together. He is also a member of the Kenyan parliament where he is working to provide his village with better access to clean water. He and Tarah also co-founded the Kenyan Kids Foundation together.

Korir has raced in Ottawa before when he came second in the weekend’s 10K to Deriba Merga, the course record holder who also won the Boston Marathon in 2009.

The Ottawa Race Weekend will happen between May 24 and 25 and also hosts a half-marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and a kid’s run.