The Rothman 8K male course record was broken not once but twice on Saturday morning when both Isaac Korir Kedikou and Samuel Ndereba knocked down Marcus O'Sullivan's time of 23 minutes, three seconds that had stood since 1997. Korir ran the 4.97 mile course in 22 minutes, 29 seconds and Ndereba in 22 minutes, 46 seconds.
Korir Kedikou, 22, who is from Kenya, just arrived in the U.S. on Thursday to make his U.S. race debut in the 4.97 mile race. "I'm very upbeat," he said after he finished, bundled up on a chilly morning where race temperatures stayed in the 30s.
Both he and Ndereba, 35, a Kenyan who has lived in Royersford for the last nine years, will also run the Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday. "I'm going to try to keep up with him because I believe he has faster speed," said Ndereba, the 2011 Rothman 8k winner. The top American male finisher, Scott Smith, finished in third place at 22 minutes, 47 seconds.
The women's race was not a record breaker but close. Misiker Mekonnin Demessie, 24, from Ethopia, finished with a time of 25 minutes, 46 seconds, nine seconds shy of Svetlana Zakharova's record, which she set in 2001.