NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Stephen
Kihara, an ordinary runner of Kenya, has fond memories of China after his
victory in the 100km marathon event in 2013 which netted him 17,000 US dollars
in prize money.
55-year-old Kihara, hailing from Nyahururu County in central Kenya, said on
Saturday that he took part in the event after friends brought to his attention
about the rarely-run race and he decided to give it a try.
“I was not
one of the elite athletes in Kenya; only a middle-tier runner who did not even
represent Kenya internationally,” Kihara told Xinhua during the Nairobi County
District Cross Country Championships.
a string of businesses at his home town from the proceeds of the race, which by
Kenyan standards is a successful entrepreneur.
represented Kenya at last year’s World Masters Athletics Championships which was
held in Perth, Australia where he won the silver medal in half marathon within
one hour 58 minutes and 59 seconds.
As a young
athlete during his heyday in the 1990s, Kihara took part in road races ranging
from 10km to the full marathon (42.195km). He has competed races in South Korea,
Italy and Thailand.
Chinese 100km marathon race, Kihara collected 92 out of the total 100 points
that the organizers set for the event.
He told that
the race is run for four days, during which runners cover 25km per day and
resume the following day in the order how they finished.
“On the first
day, I finished in second place, after which I won the three subsequent days to
emerge top,” he said.
trains six days a week with youthful athletes for speed work and rests only on
Sundays. He plans to participate in the 2018 World Masters Athletics
Championships, to be held in Malaga, Spain.