Two World-Class Kenyan Runners Add Credibility to First-Ever Lansing Marathon
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LANSING -- The first-ever Lansing marathon, set to begin 8 a.m. Sunday, will starting at the Accident Fund building in downtown Lansing, wind through East Lansing, and finish at the state Capitol.
26.2 grueling miles.
And two guys who will be participating will run it in just over two hours.
"Maybe 5 minutes, 5-something," said Elijah Yator, one of two world-class Kenyan runners who have signed up for the Lansing Marathon.
"I'm very ready for Sunday because we were prepared for this race since September, so we are ready for it," Yator said, noting he's liked his Lansing experience thus far. He's staying at the home of race director Owen Anderson.
"It's a good city," he said of Lansing. "Yesterday, we got a tour. I like it so much. It's very nice, it's very flat, so I like it so much. It's good weather, too."
Good weather, indeed. Temperatures at the start of the race are expected to be in the 30s, ideal for getting the body temperature down.
The Kenyans' participation marks a big victory for race organizers, lending immediate credibility to the fledgling marathon.
"The Lansing Marathon is meant to be an inclusive race for runners and walkers of all ability levels, but it's great to get a start on the elite field," Anderson said. "Having the Kenyan runners here opens the door to other Kenyans coming."
And Yator says he plans to keep coming back to Lansing to help this event grow.
"I'm very happy, and I will come. I am ready for that," he said, adding he's hoping to run it in 2 hours, 15 minutes -- or less.