In tonight’s episode, NYRR On the Run visits Iten, Kenya, a town whose modest population of 4,000 includes 25 World Champions. One of them is Edna Kiplagat, the 2010 ING New York City Marathon winner and 2011 IAAF World Champion in the marathon. Kiplagat, who is returning to NYC in quest of both another victory and the World Marathon Majors title, explores the equal partnership she has with her husband and coach, Gilbert Koech, in a country that not long ago frowned on women running at all, much less after they were married and had children. “When I succeed, I know we have all succeeded as a family,” she says.
Also tonight, the web show takes a look at “Black Girls Run!” a running group that seeks to destroy the image that black women don’t run, and offers more training tips from Pascal Dobert and Matt Tegenkamp.
The show airs at 8:00 p.m. EDT at ontherun.nyrr.org.
And in the latest episode of the companion NYRR On the Run Radio, Sam Grotewold offers his take on Christian Hesch and talks to Leo Manzano, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 1500 meters. In the Olympic final, recalls Manzano, the moment of truth came at 400 meters. “Am I going to wait four more years,” he asked himself, “or am I going to fight?”
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg