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Capital City half marathon | Native Kenyan now running as U.S. Army member

Apr 29, 2017

Like the other elite runners gathering downtown on Front Street this morning, Leonard Korir’s goal is to win the 2017 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship. Unlike the others, though, competing in the race is more than just a hobby or a way to earn a living. Running is Korir’s second job, and one that is made possible by his first job: serving in the United States Army. Born in Kenya, Korir joined the Army under a protocol known as MAVNI — Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest — because of his ability to speak Swahili. He earned his citizenship while training with the Army’s World Class Athlete Program after attending Iona College, where he was a two-time NCAA champion (indoor 5 kilometers, outdoor 10k). Read more


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