Congratulations to former University of Alabama track star Augustus Maiyo for winning the Army Ten-Miler in Washington DC. The Army Ten-Miler is the second largest U.S. 10-mile race behind the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia. Maiyo, winner of the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon, narrowly defeated Robert Cheseret with a time of 48:20.
Maiyo is a former teammate of mine at the University of Alabama and was one of the star members of the university’s cross country and track and field teams. He is on the men’s outdoor Top 10 performances of all-time in three events (3,000 meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters, and 10,000 meters).
He now competes for the United States Army under the World Class Athlete Program. He competed in the race with three of his teammates who happen to be U.S. Olympians: Hilary Bor (3,000 meter steeplechase), Leonard Korir (10,000 m), and Paul Chelimo, who earned the silver medal in the 5,000 m at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Maiyo attempted to make the U.S. Olympic team in the marathon in February but placed 16th overall.
Maiyo is not the only Alabama alum who competed in the Army-Ten Miler. Emmanuel Bor, also a former teammate of mine, finished in 7th place with a time of 49:45. Bor’s younger brother, Olympian Hilary Bor, finished in 4th place with a time of 48:22. Hilary also competed at the University of Alabama before transferring to Iowa State University.
Once again, congratulations to all of my former teammates who competed in the Army-Ten Miler and I wish them much success throughout their career.
By Dr. Brandon Spradley
Dr. Spradley is the Director of Sports Management at the United States Sports Academy, and can be reached at email@example.com.