- April 30, 2008 at 1:34 pm #8219
Spokane, WA—John Korir of Kenya is the only three-time men’s champion in
Bloomsday history, and this Sunday he returns to Spokane hoping to add a
fourth title to his impressive road racing resume. Korir’s previous
titles came in 2003, 2005 and 2007, and a win in Bloomsday ’08 would
give him bragging rights as the greatest champion in Bloomsday history.
“John Korir is a great competitor,” said Jon Neill, Bloomsday Elite
Athlete Coordinator. “He knows the course well and is the clear favorite
coming into this year’s race. But he’ll be running against a formidable
field, so he’ll have to be on top of his game to notch that fourth victory.”
This year’s elite field includes Bloomsday 2006 champion Gilbert Okari
of Kenya, who was slated for a match-up with Korir in 2007 until he had
to scratch from the race one day prior to the race due to injury.
Okari’s 34:14 finish in 2006 ranks 9th all-time on Bloomsday’s list of
fastest finishes. Korir ran 34:18 in 2007 – 12th all-time.
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