The Kenyan Assault of QCIM

QCIM_poster copyI’ve been pestering Webb Delos Reyes, wife of Ron who is the Marketing and Communications Director of the QCIM to give us an update of the Kenyan runners who are running this October’s QCIM. Webb e-mailed us yesterday and gave an update of those invited to participate in the marathon. She stressed however that negotiations with these runners are still being finalized and if their travel plans would be confirmed, she’ll let us all know.

The list includes veteran campaigners of the Southeast Asian Road Racing Circuit. These touring distance runners include:


Daniel Kipkemei Koringo : Champion of the Malakoff 26-K run in Penang, Malaysia, last June 2009, with a time of 1:25:53. He likewise placed fifth in the 2007 Penang Bridge Marathon in Malaysia, posting a time of 2:30:45.

William Songkok: a 25-year-old who has a 2:17:52 best time in the 42-K, and a top 10 finish in the Kuala Lumpur half-marathon last June with a time of 1:12:48.35.

Gilbert Kipkemoi:  Bagged the 22-K Shah Alam-Adidas King of the Road in Malaysia this August with a time of 1:09.  The 27-year old Kipkemoi is said to be capable of a 2:15 in the full 42-K marathon.

Samuel Terus Too:  Copped the 2006 Kuala Lumpur International Marathon in 2:21:01.

Terus (A860) with other Kenyan runners

Terus (A860) with other Kenyan runners


Lydia Jerotich Rutto: Crowned first runner-up in the Army Half Marathon in Singapore just this August with a time of 1:22:04, and second-runner up in the recent Songhla Marathon in Thailand with a 2:45 record.

Lydia Rutto (1287)

Lydia Rutto (1287)

The Kenyans in Kuala Lumpur

The Kenyans in Kuala Lumpur

A total of 14 Kenyan runners were invited who are mostly based in Malaysia. Also slated to participate are some of the top runners of the South East Asian Region who are going to run either the 21k and 42k as tune up for the forthcoming South East Asian Games in Laos this December.

At present, the Filipino male record holder for the full marathon is Eduardo Buenavista with a 2:18:53 which he set during the 2007 Metro Manila Milo Marathon eliminations.  The female record holder is Jho-an Banayag, who posted a 2:48:06 in the 2006 National Milo Marathon Finals.  The fastest marathon run in a Philippine competition stands at 2:14:27 which was set by two-time Olympic champion Waldemar Cierspinski of Germany during the first Manila International Marathon in 1982. With a quality field shaping up in the first QCIM, chances are good that some local marathon records could be eclipsed this October.

(Pics and info from Ron Delos Reyes. Thanks Ron!)


15 responses to “The Kenyan Assault of QCIM

  1. Thanks for the update sir Rene!

    Now fellow town-mate Cris Sabal is screwed. He told me he’s joining QCIM and not SIM because there will be “few” hardcore Kenyans in QCIM as compared to SIM hahahaha! Ohwell, hope Pinoy could bag the top award for this race!

    • Hi Sam– I think these runners are actually going to race both QCIM and SIM back-to-back. We really hope a pinoy places high in the standings. Thanks!

  2. I’m so excited about this race sir rene. can’t wait to see those Kenyan runners, hope I could get a picture with them though.

    got my singlet yesterday which was delivered right at our doorstep. [nice]. 🙂

    • Let– if we can’t get a picture of these Kenyans, we can at least expect to be beside Fafa Piolo come November!:-)

    • thanks alot for welcomemining has fo qcim marathon my am coming on thursday.thanks hope we meet in straing line.Godblss you by. from daniel.

  3. naku, siguraro sir rene madaming magpapa picture kay piolo sa timex run. naging guest na po namin cya sa church namin last august. 🙂

  4. Hi Sam, hindi po, sa Word of Hope po ako kabilang. yap CFC po si piolo at na-invite po cya sa Church namin para mag testimony, month-long anniversary kasi. ikaw po? sa Victory ikaw? 🙂

  5. Sam totoo bang naging kayo ni Piolo? Ahehe…joke!

    Here’s an interesting quote from Runner’s World:

    “It’s the road signs, ‘Beware of lions.’ ”

    —Kip Lagat, Kenyan distance runner, during the Sydney Olympics, explaining why his country produces so many great runners

  6. being kenyan does not translate to being a world-class runner. i just hope that these kenyans can provide us a truly world-class competition to improve the caliber of our elite runners.

  7. I’ve been dreaming of running an International Marathon and getting a picture of running along side these Legends!

    This just might come true!

  8. am coming on thursday this week thanks for well coming as to run qcim marathon thanks and God bless philipines fom daniel

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