- The Washington Times - Monday, April 25, 2005

The win yesterday at the Pike’s Peek 10K meant something to David Korir. The $500 top prize meant even more.

It meant that Korir, who makes a living picking up cash on the roads of America, can send more funds home to his family in Kenya.

The 23-year-old, the oldest of eight children from a farm 186 miles from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, held off valiant challenges by Germantown-based Russian Alexey Khokhlov and Washington-based Kenyan Wilson Komen to break the tape in 29:24 in a field of 2,000 finishers.

“I was worried about the Russian,” said Korir, whose time on the downhill course from Shady Grove Metro to White Flint Mall was far off his 10K best of 28:40 on a hilly two-loop course at the Clarksburg (W.Va.) 10K in July 2003.

Jackline Okemwa, also Kenyan, led from the start and handily won the women’s race in 33:11.

Okemwa and Korir each had the second-fastest winning times in the 10-year race’s history.

That Okemwa even made it to the race is a story in itself. The 26-year-old who was third at Sallie Mae last Sunday in 33:00 placed fifth in a Salt Lake City 5K on Saturday. The 1994 silver medalist in the IAAF World Junior 10,000-meter championships flew back home to West Chester, Pa., that afternoon and drove a few hours down to Rockville early yesterday morning and signed up as one of the last entrants with No. 2577.

Susannah Kvasnicka, a 33-year-old Great Falls racer who was seventh at Sallie Mae in 35:09, grabbed $250 for second place in 34:39. Tatiana Belovol, a 35-year-old Ukrainian training in West Chester, Pa., who competed in the 1997 World Championship 1,500 meters in Athens, was third in 35:13.

George Washington Parkway Classic Kenyan Joseah Matui ran away from Arlington’s Michael Wardian in the third mile en route to winning yesterday’s 10-mile race from Mount Vernon to Old Town Alexandria.

Matui finished unchallenged in 49:40, good for $500 at the 21st running of the event. Wardian (51:25) was runner-up for the third straight year. Two years ago, Glen Mays topped him and last year it was Kevin Taylor of Raleigh, N.C., who was fifth yesterday.

Russian Larisa Michailova, who trains in West Chester, Pa., picked up $500 for a dominating win over Heather Hanscom of Arlington in the women’s race.

Michailova, 36, who won the Philadelphia Marathon last November in 2:41:57 and was sixth at Sallie Mae a week ago, led from start to finish. Her 57:55 yesterday broke the previous course record (58:46) set by countrywoman Irina Suvorova in 2002.

Greg Holden of the District and Jacqueline Concaugh of Alexandria each earned $150 for their wins in the 5K, with times of 16:19 and 17:31, respectively.

• George Banker contributed to this report.

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