Marathon winner Wesley Korir returns to Louisville for 5K race - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir returns to Louisville for 5K charity run

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On April 12, Wesley Korir, winner of the Boston Marathon in 2012 and the Los Angeles Marathon in 2009 and 2010, will return to Louisville to lead Taper for a Cause, a 5K race through Iroquois Park.

All proceeds from the race will go to the Kenyan Kids Foundation, which Korir founded in 2010 to provide scholarships for children in Kenya. As a child, scholarships allowed Korir to go to school. Through the foundation, Korir gives back to children in Kenya who have little hope of getting an education.

Korir ran five miles to and from school as a child but did not compete as a runner until high school.

At the University of Louisville, he was a two-time All American.

Korir tells many stories of his first plane ride to Louisville, working through school, earning a scholarship, setting records and returning to Kenya with his wife, Tarah, also a world-class runner and two young children.

In March 2013, Korir was elected to the Kenyan National Assembly, representing the Cherangany District. His long-term goal is to become the president of Kenya.

Each year, the Kenyan Kids Foundation provides scholarships for more than 100 children who would not be able to attend school without help. The Korirs have refurbished and equipped a hospital to provide healthcare for his home village.

Running the 5K Taper for a Cause with Korir will be an unforgettable day.

There also will be Kenyan Kids Foundation Scholarship Gala on Saturday, April 19 at The Crown Plaza with a silent auction and program.

For more information on the Kenyan Kids Foundation, CLICK HERE.

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