2009 Marathon Runner Profile
Salina Kosgei
Hometown: El Marakwet, Kenya
Age: 32
Personal best: 2:23:22 (Berlin, 2006)

Career notes: Salina Kosgei is a seasoned marathoner who placed 10th at the Beijing Olympics. She had expected a higher finish and said, "In order to also forget some of my disappointment, I visited a little of Beijing and even went to the Great Wall of China. Incredible -- it was not easy walking up those steep slopes the day after the marathon though!" Of her running roots, she says, "Actually, if you can believe it, I started as an 800m runner, but then I moved up to longer distances on the track, such as 5,000m and 10,000m. After winning the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at the Commonwealth Games back in 2002, my coach, agent, and I decided to start working on moving up to the marathon." She counts as her proudest running accomplishment her debut win in Paris and her runner-up, personal-best finish in Berlin in 2006. Kosgei's fastest half marathon is 1:07:52, set with a win in Lisbon in 2006, and her personal best 10,000m is 31:27.83.

Personal notes: "I am looking forward to finally competing in Boston," Kosgei says of her debut here. "I also enjoy tough courses and so I think I can do well." She said she will prepare for the race in her home area of El Marakwet and in Kakamega. She will also train in Iten at the camp of her agent, Gianni Demadonna. Like many Kenyans, Kosgei started running in school, but didn't start competing internationally until her early 20s. Kosgei and her husband, Barnabas Kinyor, are both employed as prison guards; Kinyor was the 1994 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist in the 400m hurdles. The couple has two children, Billy and Ruth, and Kosgei said the family often travels to marathons together.
-- Courtesy BAA