BOULDER — Leonard Korir is from Iten, Kenya, a town that has produced more world-class runners than any other place on Earth, but he’s also an American citizen serving in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Carson. Fully mindful of what Memorial Day represents, Korir fought heroically to give the Bolder Boulder an inspiring finish.
Korir, a specialist who serves the Army as a driver and as a member of its World Class Athlete Program, came up just short Monday in a thrilling sprint to the finish of the men’s elite race. Gabriel Geay of Tanzania won in 29 minutes, 2.19 seconds, and Korir was just 0.62 seconds short of first place.
Nearly 40,000 spectators roared support for him over the last 200 meters, and Korir wanted to show them what America means to him.