Mokono Hopes Fade





Defending Grandma’s Marathon men’s champion Lamech Mokono of Kenya likely will not make it to Duluth for the 2009 race June 20 because of visa problems, his agent said Tuesday.

A tourist visa has been approved by the United States, but is still being processed by Kenyan officials in Nairobi.

“It does not look like it will be completed on time for the race,” Scott Robinson of the AmericKenyan Running Club of Sante Fe, N.M., said in an e-mail to Grandma’s Marathon officials. “I have not completely given up but it is not promising at the moment. We are very disappointed about that.”

Mokono, 28, who is training in Embu, Kenya, outside of Nairobi, made his Grandma’s Marathon debut last year and won in a personal-best 2 hours, 13 minutes, 39 seconds.

r Fewer than 500 spots remain in a field of 11,000 for the 28th Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4 from Minneapolis to St. Paul, race officials said Tuesday. Entry information is available at mtcmarathon.org.

 

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Mokono Hopes Fade





 










Defending Grandma’s Marathon men’s champion Lamech Mokono of Kenya likely will not make it to Duluth for the 2009 race June 20 because of visa problems, his agent said Tuesday.

A tourist visa has been approved by the United States, but is still being processed by Kenyan officials in Nairobi.

“It does not look like it will be completed on time for the race,” Scott Robinson of the AmericKenyan Running Club of Sante Fe, N.M., said in an e-mail to Grandma’s Marathon officials. “I have not completely given up but it is not promising at the moment. We are very disappointed about that.”

Mokono, 28, who is training in Embu, Kenya, outside of Nairobi, made his Grandma’s Marathon debut last year and won in a personal-best 2 hours, 13 minutes, 39 seconds.

r Fewer than 500 spots remain in a field of 11,000 for the 28th Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4 from Minneapolis to St. Paul, race officials said Tuesday. Entry information is available at mtcmarathon.org.

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