Victor Rotich Kipchirchir, who won the fourth edition of the Eldoret City Marathon on a bright Palm Sunday, became the first athlete to defend his championship at the event.
The previous Valencia Marathon champion won in 2:13:10, while Emily Chebet, who finished eighth last year, won in 2:29:58.
With more than 700 athletes competing this year, the pair took home Sh3.5 million in prize money, making it the largest payout for a marathon event in Africa.
Rotich won the men’s category after a careful race that saw him finish just over four minutes behind than the leading pack of five at the 35km point.
Michael Mutai was second in 2:13:22, and Josephat Bett was third in 2:13:58. Felix Kirwa (2:14:38) and Timothy Kosgei (2:14:34) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
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