Caroline Rotich: Running

 Rotich is a distance runner and member of the Kenyan National Team.

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).


Born in Nyahururu, she gained a sports scholarship in Japan at Sendai Ikuei Gakuen High School – an institution known for long-distance running (attended by athletes such as Samuel Wanjiru).[1] She began competing in Europe after graduating and won the 2004 Diecimiglia del Garda in Italy and the Semi-marathon Marvejols-Mende in 2005.[2][3] She made her debut over the marathon distance in 2006 at the Nairobi Marathon, finishing in eleventh place. She moved to the United States to train and became based there full-time.
In May 2008, she won the Ogden Newspapers 20K and came fourth at the Bay to Breakers 12K. A month later she ran a half marathon best of 74:40 minutes for second at Grandma's Marathon and won the Hospital Hill Half Marathon.[4] She began training with Ryan Bolton's AmeriKenyan Running Club at the start of 2009 had top three finishes in the half marathon at the Yuengling, Cobán, Spiriti of Columbus and Grandma's Marathon races.[5] A career breakthrough came with a win at the Las Vegas Marathon, where she crossed the line in a time of 2:29:47 hours and won "Battle of the Sexes" race against the men.[6]
In 2010, she set a new 10K best of 32:43 minutes at the New York Mini 10K, she was runner-up at the Crim 10-Miler and won the Grandma's half marathon and Boston Half Marathon. She improved her marathon best by one second at the New York City Marathon, taking eighth place.[1] She worked her way up into the top of the Kenyan rankings in 2011. She ran a personal best and course record of 68:52 minutes to win the New York Half Marathon,[7] then came fourth at the 2011 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:24:26 on the downhill course, which gained her selection for the Kenyan national team.[8] She won the Bix 7-Miler in July then finished 29th in the marathon at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.[9] She ended the year with a personal best run of 2:27:06 hours at the 2011 New York City Marathon.[10] She began 2012 at the New York Half Marathon, but did not defend her title and came eighth. She was among the leaders halfway through the 2012 Boston Marathon, but dropped out after 30 km.[11]