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2016 Winner Spotlights

July 6, 2017 - Madison Sury
Hello runners,

As you may know, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Races attracts thousands of runners from more than 30 different states and 5 countries; No wonder this is the race to compete in during the summer! The winners of this race run... and I mean run... for a living. It's always so fascinating to watch the eclectic array of professional runners that take part in the half marathon right here in Parkersburg, WV. Without further ado, I'd love to tell you more about last year's half marathon male and female winners. What can we say, this race attracts the best of the best! Our 2016 News and Sentinel Half Marathon male winner was Julius Kogo from Chapel Hill, Kenya. He finished in 1:03.42 and believe it or not, he ran his personal best on this course! We have heard the half marathon horror stories on the strenuous hills that make up the course, but this must not have been a problem for Kogo. Among his other accomplishments, he is the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon course record holder AND a five time winner of The Crim Festival of Races, which features some of the top athletes in the world. Aside from winning tons of races, Kogo helps out other runners by pacing them to win races, such as when he paced Canadian Eric Gillis who was attempting to qualify for the Rio Olympics. His professional running career is astounding and we hope to have him back to set the stage for the upcoming race in August. Next, we have our female winner Joan Aiyabei who finished in 1:15.27. She received 14th place overall, and was only beat by 13 males participating. Aiyabei has totaled 47 wins in her professional career and has won over $27,105 in prize money. Man, I wish I was fast enough to win that kind of money! Professional running is a business, and Aiyabei is handling business the right way by excelling in running. Some of her accomplishments include finishing 12th at the 2003 World Cross Country Championships which helped her Kenyan team win the silver. I envy runners like Aiyabei because of the places they get to travel. Aiyabei for instance, has competed in states like New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia (whooo), Oklahoma, Kentucky, and a variety of different countries. We also hope to have her back for this year's race. We are always amazed at the number and level of competition the News and Sentinel Race attracts! Whether your goal ranges from winning the race to just getting that personal best, lace up your shoes and head out to this year's race to see what the talk is all about.

Happy running!

Madison S


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