2 Kenyan Athletes Win International Virtual Marathon

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    Kenyan Margaret Muriuki crosses the finish line as the women's winner of Quad-City Times Bix 7 in 2018.
  • Two Kenyan athletes dominated 2020's Quad-City Times Bix 7 marathon as the race went virtual for the first time in its history due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

    The distance for the race is usually 7 miles (nearly 11 kilometres). Kenya's Moses Kibet and Margaret Miriuki emerged winners in the male and female categories on Friday, July 31, even though they did not run in the streets as usual.

    The two clocked 32 minutes, 42 seconds and 36 minutes 47 seconds respectively. 

    Participants ran their own 7-mile race at a site of their own choice in the period between July 1 and 25 and entered the results on the Bix 7 website.

    Athletes participate in a past Quad-City Times Bix 7 marathon in the US

    The race is usually held in various cities in the US, with Davenport, Iowa as favourites. 

    Muriuki, based in Voorhuizen Netherlands, also won Bix 7 in 2012 and in 2018. 

    Athletes around the world are keeping fit after events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

    In Kenya, world record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been participating in a number of virtual races and training to maintain fitness.

    In June 2020, Kipchoge joined Olympic Icons Kenenisa Bekele and Geoffrey Kamworor in running alongside non-athletes across the world in the 'Run as One' worldwide virtual relay marathon.

    Teams of four with individuals from different nations completed a marathon by running 10.5km each.

    "Today I ran for my Brazilian team, but together we have all run as one. Runners from all over the world have joined us and showed how ours is a running world. Good luck everybody who is taking part today," Kipchoge posted on Instagram. 

    World record holder Eliud Kipchoge trains in Kenya during the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2020