Stephen Sambu

Stephen Sambu Kenya

Stephen Sambu has had success in New York in his career, winning the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half and the 2014 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K. He’s finished on the United Airlines NYC Half podium three times and on the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K podium four times. He’ll now be making his TCS New York City Marathon debut.

Sambu finished both 2014 and 2015 as the world’s fastest 10K runner. In 2015, he recorded the fastest road 10K time of the year with his 27:30 at the Great Manchester Run. Three weeks later, he nearly defended his UAE Healthy Kidney 10K title in Central Park, taking second in a close finish with American Ben True.

He went on to make his marathon debut at the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where he finished fifth. He finished fifth in Chicago in 2017 as well, running more than two minutes faster the second time around. That same year, he became the first man to win the Falmouth Road Race four times.

Sambu graduated from the University of Arizona, where he was a seven-time NCAA All-American, but never won an NCAA title. He has since remained in Tucson to continue training under coach James Li.

  • Date of Birth Jul 7, 1988
  • Age 31
  • Gender Male
  • Country Kenya
  • Residence Tuscon, AZ, USA

RACE HISTORY

Career Highlights

Year Event PLACE TIME
2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon               5th 2:11:07
2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon  5th 2:13:35
2016 United Airlines NYC Half 1st 1:01:16
2015 United Airlines NYC Half 2nd 1:01:07
2014 B.A.A. 10K 1st 27:35 

NYRR RACE HISTORY

Year Event Place Time
2019 TCS New York City Marathon 2019 7 2:11:11
2018 2018 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 6 0:29:08
2018 2018 United Airlines NYC Half 14 1:04:17
2017 2017 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 3 0:28:31
2017 2017 United Airlines NYC Half 4 1:00:55
2016 United Airlines NYC Half 2016 1 1:01:16
2015 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 2 0:28:13
2015 United Airlines NYC Half 2015 2 1:01:07
2014 2014 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 1 0:27:39
2014 NYC Half 2014 3 1:01:08
2013 2013 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 3 0:28:02
2013 NYC Half 2013 7 1:01:34

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2017 United Airlines NYC Half

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