Although his best time is almost eight minutes slower than the course record, Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro is expected to challenge a contingent of Ethiopian runners at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon May 28.
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These days his marathon program is overseen by Mike Skinner, a British international runner who works for PACE. At the 2015 Delhi Half Marathon Kipsiro ran 60:41, an indicator that he has enormous potential at the full marathon distance.
Two years ago, Kipsiro found himself embroiled in controversy when several young Ugandan girls came to him and complained they had been sexually assaulted by a national coach. Kipsiro exposed the coach leading to his arrest and subsequent incarceration. The situation became very intense for Kipsiro as he received threatening emails.
Like many East African runners, Kipsiro feels an obligation to help out his family members – he is one of nine boys and four girls born in the Bukwo district in Uganda. They grew up making a modest living with a small farm. But when he was a young boy cattle rustlers from a rival tribe raided their farm and stole the cattle. With his first earnings as a runner he bought cattle for the family.
Now he has his own family and must plan for the future because he doesn’t know how much longer he will earn money from running.
“I am married and I have three girls. The first born is 7 years, the second born 4 years and third born 2 years,” he reveals. When I have some time to relax I like to spend it on my farm. I plant maize and also look after my cows.
“I also spend time working on my business interests. I have a construction business and also a timber business. When my running career has finished these will be to where I switch my attention.”
Although his days of competing on the track are mostly behind him, he still remains ambitious.
“My goal is always to do my best in my next race,” Kipsiro reveals. “So for me right now I am focused on running a great race in Ottawa. Then, after that, we shall see what options I have and long term I still see Tokyo 2020 as a realistic target for me.”
About the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend
The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 47,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. Through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, runners raised $775,000 for local and national charities.
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 27-28, 2017. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.
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