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Boston Marathon 2012 Results: Wesley Korir Shows Strategy Trumps Speed in Race

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: Wesley Korir of Kenya wins the men's division of the 116th Boston Marathon on  the April 15, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVDecember 21, 2014

The main story at this year's Boston Marathon was the heat, which rose to 89 degrees during the event.

Race winner Wesley Korir didn't ignore that factor, employing strategy rather than speed to win the 116th running of the famous race. He said as much after the race, via  the Associated Press:

Korir, a resident of Louisville, Ky., who is seeking U.S. citizenship, said he likes running in the heat because it allows him to think more about strategy than speed. That outlook may have helped him when the lead pack picked up its pace and left him behind before Heartbreak Hill.

“When they took off, I wish I had an opportunity to tell them, ‘You guys are crazy,’” Korir said. “I was not going to go with them. I thought about my daughter. I thought about my wife. I didn’t want to go to the hospital. I wanted to go home.”

Thankfully, race organizers were prepared, and no casualties occurred. And racers like Korir proved that strategy often trumps speed in such an event, especially when the elements make their way into the story.


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