There’s a good chance some of the winners of today’s Buffalo Marathon and Half-Marathon have an old Kentucky home.
Several top runners who are natives of Kenya are based in Hebron, Ky. They made the trip here for the events and figure to be in contention.
In the men’s marathon, Peter Kambol and Abraham Kogo made the trip. Kogo won the Albany Marathon in March of this year. Salina Tarus is one of the top female runners in the marathon. She will challenge Mullye Gurmu, the defending champion.
In the half marathon, Wesley Ochoro and Shadrack Kiyal both hope to finish the 13.1-mile run in under 1 hour, and 10 minutes. For the women, Lillian Marita and Grace Kahura think they can finish under 1:20.
The activity gets underway at 6:45 a.m. with a new addition to the schedule, a 5-kilometer run. Then the marathon and half-marathon start at 7 a.m.
As usual, the course may cause some traffic difficulties this morning. Some streets may be temporarily blocked off to allow runners to pass. Since the course is slightly different this year due to construction on Ohio Street, drivers may be in for some surprises compared with past years.
First place in the marathon is worth $2,000 to the men’s and women’s winner. A $1,000 bonus will be given to a winner who breaks the event record. Those belong to Jacob Chamar (2:17:55 in 2007) amd Elena Orlova (2:42:44, 2009).