Saturday, January 13, 2007

David Cheriuyot Walks, Then Runs

One of the many individuals spending a good amount of time yesterday and today at the Chevron Houston Marathon Expo, presented by the Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine & Human Performance, was two-time defending champion David Cheriuyot.

Cheriuyot certainly wasn't listening to 2003 winner Sean Wade's advice to runners at a 5:00 p.m. Friday talk about staying off one's feet for as much as possible the day before the race.

Early Friday evening at the Expo, Cheriuyot was seen stopping at the booth of Fond Memories Graphics, Inc. from Pomona, New York.

Proprietor Marcel Galligani, who sells runners finisher's certificate plaques, bib frames and shadow boxes that contain a medal, bib number and picture, recognized Cheriuyot and made the Kenyan a deal -- "If you win again, come see me after the race and I'll give you one of the products."

This writer was walking up as last year's winner with a time of 2:12:02 was seen filling out one of the blue-and-white forms, "David Cheriuyot. Address. Kenya."

Galligani said today that he's never done a product for the winner of a major race.

If Cheriuyot becomes only the second three-time champion in the men's history of the race, joining Stephen Ndungu, we'll know that he made his prediction with the power of the pen - a red one, at that.

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