“I’m not sure why I was the one whose visa was delayed. I’m yet to meet with the people who are responsible. Whether it was intentional or not, I will not let anyone take the title from me easily. I came here with one purpose and that is to take the title and go home a champion, nothing less,”
Jepchirchir faces Worknesh Degefa (66:14) while the men's race has eight sub-60 men including Feyisa Lilesa (59:22), Edwin Kipyego (59:30) and 2:04 marathon man Dickson Chumba.
60-year-old Walters (a sub-2:20 marathoner in his prime) has had an impressive career and interesting life. His early running days began while his parents were on a mission in Tanzania and he went on to become an NCAA All-American and roommates with Craig Virgin. At Chicago 2015 he dominated his age group by 20-minutes with 2:45 and looks to do the same at the NYC Marathon next weekend.
The women's field has just 4 sub-2:24 marathoners in it (London has 9, Boston 11, Dubai 12).
Rita Jeptoo easily won the women's race in 1:13:39 as World Half champ Gladys Cherono had a poor showing in 5th with 1:17:14. Times were slow as the race was at altitude.