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Elite African Runners for Twin Cities Marathon


Thursday, October 2, 2008
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The 27th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon,
popularly known as The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America®,will
be this Sunday October 5, 2008.The 27th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon,
popularly known as The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America®,will
be this Sunday October 5, 2008.

This year, African-born marathoners include Zeddy Chepkoech, Richard Kandie, Callen Moraa and Macharia Yuot who will be running in the elite field. Chepkoech, Kandie and Moraa were born in Kenya and are from the Duma Runners Club. Yuot is one of the Lost Boys from Sudan who arrived in the US in 2000 and joined Team USA in August 2008. 

Twin Cities resident Grace Ngunu from Kenya will be running her first marathon to raise money for clear running water in Kenya’s Kiandutu slum and Albertville resident Timothy Richard Larson will be running his ninth marathon in 2 years to raise funds to dig wells for children in Africa.

Come out and support these runners and their causes by cheering for them at any point along the 26.2 mile course that runs from the Metrodome to the State Capitol. 

Check out the full weekend schedule here. For more information on Ngunu’s cause go here.

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About Nelima Kerre

Nelima is the founder of MinneAfrica, an online community where Africans and friends of Africans in Minnesota connect, reconnect and stay connected.

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