It was his first marathon. And Japhet Kipkoech made it a memorable one.
The 26-year-old Kenya native, now living in Louisville, not only beat his target time by nearly 7 minutes, but he beat everyone else in the field.
April Woo, a 38-year-old mother of four — also from Louisville, had the top women’s time.
Neither expected to win, but both head back to Kentucky feeling on top of the world — at least on this day.
“It’s amazing,” Woo said.