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

The Columbus Dispatch | 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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