Wesley Korir

Wesley Korir

January 10, 2019

John Hancock Announces 2019 Boston Marathon International Elite Field: World Marathon Champ Geoffrey Kirui, NYC Champ Lelisa Desisa, Former World Champ Edna Kiplagat, Former London Champ Aselefech Mergia Join Defending Champions

Other notables include former Boston champions Lemi Berhanu, Wesley Korir, 2:04 man Lawrence Cherono, 2015 World champ Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, former half-marathon WR holder Zersenay Tadese, 2015 World champ Mare Dibba and 2:19 woman Worknesh Degefa.
November 11, 2018

Mohamed Reda El Aaraby (2:10:41) And Medina Deme Armino (2:29:31) Win Beirut Marathon

Former Boston Marathon champ Wesley Korir was only 7th in 2:14:18.
November 09, 2018

After Stepping Away From Politics, Former Boston Champ Wesley Korir Relishing Marathon Return In Beirut

With his wife recently giving birth to their fourth child, Korir is out of the political game and is focusing on running again, hoping to go sub-2:10 on Sunday (a time he hasn't hit since 2014).
April 14, 2017

Meb Keflezighi Discusses His Rough Buildup Ahead of His Final Boston Marathon, Plus More From the Elite Men At Friday's Press Conference

Get the inside scoop from Friday's press conference. What racer did famed coach Renato Canova call a "big talent?" What does Wesley Korir think of Jemima Sumgong being busted and can Luke P rebound from his disaster in Chicago?
April 12, 2017

2017 Boston Marathon International Men's Preview: Lemi Berhanu Hayle Goes For the Repeat Against a Field That Contains 5 Sub-2:05 Guys

We break down the elite men's field that will challenge US Olympians Galen Rupp, Jared Ward and Meb Keflezighi in Boston on Monday.
December 14, 2016

Six Former Boston Marathon Champions Will Head The 2017 Boston Marathon Elite Field

Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa return to defend their 2016 titles and are joined by Meb Keflezighi, Wesley Korir, Caroline Rotich and Buzunesh Deba.
May 10, 2016

Athletics Kenya Does It Again And Butchers Third Selection To Both Men's And Women's Teams - Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team Announced

Good news, Galen Rupp and US women's marathon fans - it just got a lot easier to medal in Rio as Athletics Kenya picked a 2:24 woman and a man who is about to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of his last sub-2:10 clocking (May 25th) to the Olympic team. Stars like Edna Kiplagat and Mary Keitany will be sitting at home. Updated with new stats for Dickson Chumba and Bernard Kipyego and the fact that Wilson Kipsang didn't want to go to Rio.
April 22, 2016

Wesley Korir's Protoge Elkana Yego Expected To Surprise At The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon On May 29th

The poor 22-year-old turned heads and caught the attention of former Boston champ Wesley Korir when he showed up at a local 3K and won running barefoot. Korir took him in and arranged for him to train with Wilson Kipsang. Korir thinks he can run 2:06-2:08.
April 15, 2016

2012 Boston Marathon Champion -- And Kenyan Member of Parliament -- Wesley Korir Says Kenya Is On Track to Meet May 2 WADA Deadline

Korir says the risk/reward ratio for doping needs to be changed in Kenya and has asked WADA for special permission to allow Kenya to criminalize doping (the WADA code says countries can't impose additional penalties on top of those established by WADA).
April 14, 2016

2016 Boston Marathon Men's Preview: Can Lelisa Desisa Win Title #3 In The Unofficial Ethiopian Olympic Selection Race?

With six guys who have run under 2:05 (more than London), this field is impressively deep. Desisa is a slight favorite but '15 runner-up/Worlds silver medallist Yemane Tsegay, '15 3rd placer Wilson Chebet and Chicago runner-up Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 pb) are among the many guys looking to take him down. What role, if any, will the meldonium ban play?
October 07, 2015

2015 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Men's Preview: Will Sammy Kitwara Arrive As An Abbott World Marathon Major Winner?

2014 2nd and 3rd placers Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba - both of whom set personal bests here a year ago - will be in the field to tackle Tokyo champ Endeshaw Negesse, Rotterdam champ Abera Kuma and '12 Boston champ Wesley Korir. The U.S. pros are led by 2:11 man Fernando Cabada and former Oregon star Luke Puskedra (61:36 half PR) as the headliners.
April 20, 2015

Lelisa Desisa Shows He's The Boss At 2015 Boston Marathon After Ritz And Meb Make It Interesting

Desisa, who won just before the bombings two years ago, will finally get to properly celebrate a Boston victory after he kicked away from Yemane Tsegay after Dathan Ritzenhein led for much of the race and Meb Keflezighi looked tremendous before vomiting.

April 14, 2015

2015 Boston Marathon International Men's Preview: Which Of These Men Will Snap The American Win Streak At One?

2013 champ Lelisa Desisa and former world record holder Patrick Makau (2:03:38 PR) are the headliners, but there's depth behind them with five sub-2:05 men overall and five more sub-2:07 + HM world record holder Zersenay Tadese (58:23).

January 20, 2015

Boston 2015: Meb to Face Former World Record Holder Patrick Makau, Plus 2013 Champ Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese

The pro fields for the 2015 Boston Marathon were announced today and previously announced Americans Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan will have their hands fulls.

October 11, 2014

The Titans Speak: Kipchoge and Bekele Ready to Battle Sunday in Chicago

We've got everything covered from Kipchoge and Bekele: Bekele's best workouts ever, #firstworldproblems, who wins in a kick, whether Bekele gets nervous, and how far their longest runs are.

October 09, 2014

Great New Running Film, Transcend, Debuts Today

A new running documentary, Transcend, debuts today and is available for order or digital download. The film chronicles the amazing story of 2012 Boston Marathon Champ Wesley Korir, who is now a member of parliament in Kenya. This inspiring film not only tells a story, but it investigates why we runners do what we do. With cameos from Haile Gebrselassie, Ryan Hall, the Robertson twins, and author Malcolm Gladwell (whose favorite website is LRC), LRC's Wejo gives it a huge thumbs up. 

October 08, 2014

Chicago Men's Preview: Kenenisa Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge clash again - Is it time to say bye-bye to world record holder Dennis Kimetto's 2:03:45 course record?

Last year's Chicago race was truly special as Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai waged an epic battle that resulted in the decimation of the course record. What will happen when Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele clash on Sunday?  Those two greats will be challenged by Tadese Tola (2:04:49 pb), Bernard Koech (2:04:53 pb), Sammy Kitwara (58:48 half marathon pb) and Dickson Chumba (Tokyo Marathon champ). The American field features 13:18/27:24 man Bobby Curtis (2:13:24 pb), the red-hot Christo Landry (U.S. 10k road champ) but the biggest talker of all has been Matt Llano who is dreaming of a 2:08 in his debut.

May 08, 2014

2012 Boston Winner Wesley Korir Leads Best-Ever Field At May 25th Ottawa Marathon

2:016:13-man Korir faces 2:04:38 2012 Rotterdam champ Yemane Tsegay, Bazu Worku (2:05:25), Mulugeta Wami (2:07:11) and Canadian Eric Gillis (2:11:29). 2:23:39 woman Ehitu Kiros leads the women's field against Etalemahu Kidane (2:25:49) and Agnes Kiprop (2:23:54).