The procession of Cheruiyots, Mutais, and Korirs has been so perennial and predictable that global marathoning has been bordering on Kenyan fatigue. “Kenyans, Kenyans, Kenyans,” their federation chairman Isaiah Kiplagat acknowledged last year as his countrymen were poised to sweep the Boston podium yet again. “Every time a Kenyan.”
The planet’s hardtop kings have won 19 of the last 22 Patriots Day jaunts and are favored to prevail again on Monday when defending champion Wesley Korir and former champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot take the line in Hopkinton against a quintet of Ethiopian pursuers. The Kenyans have won nine of the last 10 Chicago races, eight of the last nine in London, and the last three in Berlin. The only major they haven’t dominated is New York, where the runners from different countries have won the last four titles, including US racer Meb Keflezighi in 2009.