Congratulations to Albert Korir. He is the happy Kenyan who won the New York City Marathon yesterday, November 6th. Twice, in 1948 and 2015, temperatures hit 74 degrees on Marathon Sunday and yesterday was just a degree shy of tying the record at a toasty 73 degrees.

Who’s running?

The headline name is Ashton Kutcher, who is running his first marathon. Other actors running this year include several stars from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchises, including Matt James and Zac Clark, Ellie Kemper, Claire Holt and Lauren Ridloff.

The Marathon starts right at the tip of Staten Island at the bridge and ends in Central Park, Manhattan.

And then there is Chelsea Clinton, former first daughter who ran cheered on by her mother, former everything.

Returning marathoners include former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, running his eighth straight marathon, and the MTV producer and host of “Catfish: The TV Show” Nev Schulman, running his sixth New York City Marathon.

Three Olympic medalists in other sports are running the marathon this year: a Norwegian cross-country skier, Marit Bjorgen; a former American ice hockey player, Meghan Duggan, and a former tennis professional from Puerto Rico, Monica Puig.

None won.

The winner was…

Albert Korir, (born March 2, 1994) who came in second in the 2019 race, finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds was the men’s finalist and Peres Jepchirchir (born  27 September 1993) also a Kenyan, took the women’s title at 2 hours, 22 minutes and 39 seconds, according to the New York Road Runners.It was 28-year-old Jepchirchir’s first time running the New York City Marathon, and she was not expecting to win after taking gold in the Olympics marathon in August, she told ESPN on Sunday.

Our pictures of the winners is from the New York Times.

Mohamed Reda El Aaraby,(born 12 November 1989) was 44 seconds behind Korir in second place, and became the first Moroccan to finish on the podium in New York since 2009. Third was Eyob Faniel (born 26 November 1992) is an Eritrean-born Italian.

Korir can run

From what I could find there have been a lot of Korir’s who have won long distance races:

  • Heading the list is Wesley Kipchumba Korir (born 15 November 1982), another Kenyan athlete who specializes in long distance running competitions. Wesley is also a parliamentarian for Cherangany Constituency. On 16 April 2012, he won the Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds. He  previously won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2009 and 2010.
  • Followed by Leonard Essau Korir (born December 10, 1986) a Kenyan-born American long-distance runner who competes over distances from 5000 meters to the marathon. He was twice the NCAA champion, winning an indoor 5000 m title and outdoor 10,000 meters title in 2011 for the Iona Gaels. He gained United States citizenship and began competing for his adoptive nation in 2016.
  • And then Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (born June 15, 1995) is a Kenyan middle-distance runner. In 2017, he set the indoor world record for 600 meters.
  • and now Albert.

As I cannot find a place for Korir, I noticed that these Korir runners came from around the same area in Kenya and perhaps are tribesmen. I picked Nandi Hills for Albert, as that was the place both Emmanuel and Wesley cited. It is not only a major coffee plantation area but a popular tourist area in Western Kenya.

Mapping Albert

Albert has an impressive chart with a stellium in the seventh house, a preponderance in Pisces, and another preponderance in Scorpio. I pegged him at 10 Leo 04 giving him the symbol o EARLY MORNING DEW SPARKLES AS SUNLIGHT FLOODS TH E FIELD. Rudhyar writes this is the exalted feeling that rises within the soul of the individual who has successfully passed through the long night, which has tested his strength and his mettle as they transform his tears into jewels in the light of victory.

picturesque Nandi Hills at twilight

Fixed Star Fomalhaut

Albert has the fixed star Fomalhaut, Alpha Piscis Austrini, the 18th star (excluding the Sun) in order of apparent brightness conjunct his Saturn in the seventh house. Traditionally Fomalhaut, a white star, was used in navigation because of its conspicuous place in a region otherwise lacking in bright stars lying in the southern constellation Piscis Austrinus, which is about 25 light-years from Earth. Unfortunately, according to Vivian Robson, this is not lucky and could portend reversals of fortune. We certainly hope not.

He is a Bundle Planetary Pattern as all of his planets fall within the degrees of a trine and Mars is sextile his Galactic Center, showing his powerful will to win.

Interestingly, with Venus is in the eighth house his chart suggests that many people who run in these races from poor backgrounds or nations, he runs for the winnings — this is his method, and probably all the other racers as well, chance at bettering their lives and getting some opportunity not available at home. But how strange is that? America is supposed to be the home of opportunity and these races bring in world class runners from around the world hoping on their skill and native talent to make them a fortune. For Albert, his winnings total about $100,000, most though, like my cousin Beth, who ran the course a few times, are just happy to finish and get their name in print.

Congratulations to them all.

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