posted 03/29/14 at 3:44am
on Looking ahead to the Sweet 16
Rotich is a professional distance runner from Nyahururu, Kenya. She focuses on the half and full marathons. In 2006, she ran her first marathon, the Nairobi Marathon. There, she placed 11th.
In 2008, after moving to the U.S. to train, she placed 4th overall at the Bay to Breakers 12k. She also competed in the Grandma's Half Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota. She finished 2nd in 74:40.
In 2009, she joined Ryan Bolton's AmeriKenyan Running Club. That year she was very successful on the roads, finishing top three again in the Grandma's Half Marathon and winning the Las Vegas Marathon in 2:29:47. At Vegas, she also participated in the "Battle of the Sexes," where the women started the race 19 minutes before the men. The overall race winner took home an extra prize. Rotich took home that prize by being the first competitor to cross the finish line.
In 2010, she won the Grandma and Boston Half Marathons. She ran the New York City Marathon that year, too. There she finished 8th overall. In 2011, after placing 4th in the Boston Marathon, she joined the Kenyan national team. As a part of the KNT, she competed in the World Championships, finishing 29th in the marathon.
In 2012, she finished 8th in the New York Half Marathon and fifth in the Chicago Marathon (2:23:22).