UPDATE: First time winners at Gum Tree

TUPELO – Eric Chirchir and Janet Cherobon lived up to their names on Saturday.
The Kenyans sloshed through a steady rain to win the men’s and women’s overall titles in the 31st annual Gum Tree 10K, an event neither had entered before this year. Chirchir clocked a time of 29 minutes, 31 seconds, while Cherobon hit the line in 33:41.
Chirchir, in Kenyan, means “running fast.” Cherobon’s name has two meanings: the first three letters are “girl,” the last five “rain.”
Both runners got off to quick starts in a race delayed 14 minutes by a thunderstorm.

Read more in Sunday’s Daily Journal.

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