Korir maintains Los Angeles Family legacy, set focus on Houston half marathon

Fresh from winning Los Angeles marathon, John Korir will be heading for Houston half marathon in January after keeping family legacy and dominance at Los Angeles.

The second last born in the Korir family won the race in which his brother Wesley Korir won a double, which he says he received the baton well to maintain the family legacy in the American soil.

He won the race in 2:12.47 beating compatriot Edwin Kimutai to second in 2:18.01 and Ethiopian Amanuel Mesei Tikue completing the podium in 2:18.17.

After finishing second in the 2019 and 2020 event postponed, Korir said it was his time to keep the family name and build a high profile since no one is behind to take over the reign.

“It was good to keep the family name on the winners list of Los Angeles that has been dominated by my brother. The win was not easy but I had to run well and improve on my last event’s position,” said Korir.

Wesley won the title in 2009 and defended the following year in 2:08.24 and 2:09.19 and Korir is planning to do the same next year.

“When I won, my brother told me that ‘am retired and I should maintain the family legacy.’ These were powerful words from my brother and I have to maintain the momentum,” said Korir back at his home in Birbiriet, Cherangany, and Trans Nzoia County.

It was his maiden marathon win after dominating many half marathons across the world. He was second at the Ottawa marathon in 2019 and second at the Kentucky race.

“It was my greatest moment in my career and that has given me another opportunity to explore more in marathons. With the help of good training and coaching, I will do great things,” he said.

As he was running in Los Angeles, his brother Wesley, the 2012 Boston marathon champion was competing at the New York City marathon to raise funds for Transcend Running Academy.

He congratulated his young brother, saying :I want to take this opportunity to congratulate my little brother John Korir for winning the LA Marathon today! I can now officially hand over the mantle to you. It feels great to see history repeat itself! Thanks to Ron Mann for believing in us and for being the best coach ever. Thanks to ASICS and @Ben for your support and foremost thanks to Almighty God for the blessing

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