At 41, the newly minted master athlete has a personal best time of 2:10:35 – posted in Ottawa in 2007. It is a record he held until last year when it was broken by Arata Fujiwara of Japan (2:09:33).
If last year’s race is any indication, Cheriuyot may be in fast company. Three of the top 10 men runners finished in under 2:10 in 2010.
Cheriuyot will also have to go head to head with fellow Kenyan John Kagwe who, at 42, is also new in the master athlete ranks. But with two New York City marathon wins (2:08:12 in 1997 and 2:08:45 in 1998) in his past, not to mention a host of other race credits, he’ll be the one Cheriuyot will be keeping an eye on as he attempts his fifth win on the new Ottawa race course.