WORLD marathon silver medalist, Vincent Kipruto yesterday emerged the men's winner of Save the Kakamega Forest Half Marathon that ended at the Masinde Muliro University Graduation Square.
Kipruto, 25, the 2009 winner of the Paris Marathon and runner up at the 2011 Rotterdam marathon beat 18 starters to finish in 1:06:04.
Peter Maiyo came second in 1:06.52 with Abraham Kiprotich third in 1:06.57. Only one runner failed to finish the gruelling race that started at Eshiakhulo in Makunga.
Kipruto said the win in Kakamega was a precursor to the London and Paris Marathons next year which he hopes to take part in. In the women's 21km race, Dusseldorf marathon champion Agnes Barsosio emerged winner in 1:19.25. She beat her training mate and former Frankfurt and Rotterdam maratho champion, Magdalene Chemjor who came second in 1:21.16. Susy Chebet was third in1:21.50.
"I am motivated by my win in Kakamega. My next focus will be the cross country championships in Nairobi before the world championships in Korea in March," she said.
The winners in the 21km races received Sh40, 000 while unners up pocketed Sh30, 000 with third finishers receiving Sh15, 000.
In the men's 10km race, Edwin Rotich (31:01), Emmanuel Bor (31:16) and Philemon Kiptoo (32:08) finished in that order. The women's event was won by Pascalia Chepkorir in 34:57. Joyce Kiplimo was second in n36:56 with Gladys Kipkemoi coming third in 37:39.
In the 50km bicycle race organised by IEBC to sensitise the public on voter registration, James Etabo won in 1:25.56. Geoffrey Wekesa (1:25.57) and Alex Ndiwa (1:25.58) took second and third positions.
The event was co-sponsored by Mumias Sugar Company, IEBC, KASS media, MMUST, Kenya Forest Service and KWS among others.