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 Ondoro Osoro Feature Story by Sean Hartnett

The marathon has always been an event of drama -- experience tells us to expect the unexpected. Recent events have also suggested that in this contest of perseverance, inexperience may be an invaluable asset. Ondoro Osoro is the latest 'proof' of this neophyte theory with his 2:06:54 victory at Chicago.

The 30 year old Osoro may have been a marathon rookie, but he has amassed a running career of some distinction despite an unfortunate car accident which sidelined him for two years. Osoro first hit international prominence in 1991 with a 13:11.77 5K. In 1993, he ran 27:24.24 to rank 7th globally in the 10K. In '94 Osoro ranked 9th with a season's best 27:28.36, and also ran 13:16.39. Osoro also has been quite successful on the international cross country circuit.

The 5'7" 135 lb. Osoro started the 1995 season running 27:32.82 at the Dogwood Relays. Two weeks later, while driving home in southern Kenya, a collision with a truck left Ondoro with a broken arm, and chest and head injuries. The chest injuries proved most debilitating, and a subsequent Achilles injury combined to rob Ondoro of two years in the prime of his career.

"I remember watching the ['96] Olympic 10K in my home," Ondoro recalled, "it was very hard, but now I am all rested up and ready to give running my maximum effort." Ondoro returned to the road circuit late in 1997 with immediate success as he set a 10 mile WR of 45:37. This year he enjoyed continued success on the roads and finished a close second to Khannouchi in the Utica 15K.

At first Osoro was reluctant to run Chicago sans appearance money. "I wanted to return to my family (wife Naomi and four children) in Kenya, and racing 42K for no money did not sound good to me. But I like running competitions, and I thought that I might be lucky enough to win some prize money, so I gave it my best effort.

Osoro began marathon training in August with fellow Kenyan Peter Ndirangu who ran a 2:08:46 debut last year in Chicago. Tapping Ndirangu's marathon experience, the two Kenyans logged 120 mile weeks in the thin air of Boulder, Colorado. "Peter helped me plan a training schedule that included runs up to 45K," noted Osoro who had seldom run over 100 miles a week.

Prior to the accident Osoro had given the marathon some thought, "I told my manager that I wanted to attempt the marathon and maybe I'll run 2:05. When I was injured, I told him this record will wait for me. Now I have run 2:06, and next year may be better."

 

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