Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya has only his second major race since winning the half million dollar prize in the inaugural Marathon Majors Series, when he runs in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates next week, on Friday, 8 February.
Three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, and (most famously) of the Chicago Marathon 2006, Cheruiyot won the annual Sao Silvestre 15k race in Sao Paulo on the final day of 2007. It was his third victory in the Brazilian event. The women’s race was won by his compatriot, Alice Timbilil, who also competes in Ras Al Khaimah.
Cheruiyot, 29 competed in the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah ‘half’ last year, finishing fifth in 60:38, which was an achievement in itself, since he had only recently recovered from the trauma of the brain contusion he suffered when falling heavily while winning the Chicago Marathon three months earlier.