You may have first noticed them when watching the Olympic Track and Field Trials last summer, where they took the distance events by swarm, sending four athletes in the steeplechase, 5K and 10K. They’ve continued their success over the past year, placing in the top spots or winning elite U.S. races and National Championships.
You might have seen Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Chelimo, who recently set a meet record in the men’s 5K at the USATF Outdoor Championships, Augustus Maiyo, one of the top American finishers in Boston this year, named to the 2017 World Championship Marathon Team, or Leonard Korir, who won the Cross Country Championships back in February, alongside three other Army athletes placing in the top 20, just to name a few.
Kenyan-born runners representing the U.S. Army? So what’s the deal?