August 25, 2013

Running: Giving back to a sport that's given him a new life

By John Rolfe

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Since moving to Maine less than three years ago, Kenya native Moninda Marube has won numerous road races, including the 2012 Patriots Day 5-Miler in Portland.

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Aside from volunteer work, the down-to-earth Marube does odd jobs around town, such as mowing lawns, and he will be coaching at Auburn Middle School this fall. His racing schedule, going into the fall, is undetermined. "The idea is to take the next six months to a year and get some speed under him," Campbell says, before returning to marathoning.

Marube said his current weekly mileage of 70-90 includes three track workouts.

Marube did win the Patriot 5K in May in 14:52, but the goal speed of this campaign is close to or under 14 for 5K, and close to 28 for 10K.

Characteristically of him, Marube is aiming high for more than, if at all, individual glory. Inspired in part by Campbell's stories of high-level racing in Maine over the decades, he wants to see more Maine runners competing at higher levels regionally and nationally, and to help them get there, and continue to do so when his own elite racing years have passed.

"Promoting this sport, not only for itself but to provide a way to help people live in harmony and lead a healthy life, running for a purpose, and being an ambassador with that in mind ... I've thought about that since back in Australia in 2008, and Maine is actually the most perfect place to pursue that," he says.

The real deal, as Campbell would say.

John Rolfe of Portland is a road runner. He can be reached at 791-6429 or at:


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