It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the Continental Divide Running Clinic 2011 scholarship; Mr Noah Kiprono Kirui. Noah is a citizen of Kenya – currently residing in Billings, Montana and attending Rocky Mountain College. He will be a junior this fall studying computer science. When asked why he would like to attend CDRC 2011 he replied “there will be other good runners in attendance. I will get chance to interact with them and ask questions about training. I will also get a chance of running with them. I will learn more about running and what runners need to do during the season to be ready for the race. Most importantly I will get time to run and build my running endurance. I will also get a chance to gauge myself and know where I am in my training”.
Noah is coached by Alan King – Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana. “Noah has made tremendous progress in his two short years at RMC. “He came over as a freshman direct from Kenya. When Noah first showed up he struggled to finish our long runs. By the end of his freshman year of cross country he moved up from our number 10 runner to third on the team. Then he qualified for NAIA Outdoor Nationals in the Marathon. In his first full Marathon he ran a 2:37:59 and finished 8th at Nationals. This past year, Noah placed 2nd in Conference XC and ran at Nationals XC for the first time, placing 94th overall. His PR from XC this past year was 25:08…his freshman year his PR was 26:59. From a coaching standpoint, he is wonderful. He trains his heart out. He also has above a 3.5 GPA at RMC” – Coach King.
Coach King has done an admirable job getting the T/F XC Program at RMC off the ground. Noah’s progress is indicative of the coaching expertise Alan brings to the program.
Note – this scholarship was made available by an anonymous runner passionate about seeing the sport continue to grow through participation in the CDRC 2011. Thank you! It will be a pleasure having Noah attend CDRC 2011 with his coach – Alan King.
Next up – a look at the CDRC 2011 site – the Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana. Until then – enjoy the run!