BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A native of Kenya who now lives in Rochester has won the Buffalo Marathon for the second year in a row, but this year he set a new race record.
But Kiplingat “Kip” Tisia said he didn’t just set a race record, he smashed his own personal record by more than a minute. He said some of it may be due to the change in the course.
“It changed very much, and I loved it this time around, more than I liked it last year,” Tisia said. “This year it was not as hilly as it was last year. This year the weather was good too.”
Tisia says he trains year-round for races and participates in two per year. He said the last two he participated in didn’t go smoothly.
“Based on that, I just thought it was not good for me to continue racing, so I stopped running,” Tisia said. “I stopped going to competitions and focused on training.”
Training paid off, as he smashed records and crossed the checkered line just over two hours and 15 minutes after the gun sounded.