BOULDER, Colo. — A Kenyan man took first place in Monday’s Bolder Boulder, upsetting defending champion Brandon Johnson.
Barnabas Kosgei, 30, took home the title after running the race for the first time.
Kosgei finished in 29 minutes, 44.93 seconds, the second-best time in the history of the popular race.
Kosgei told the Daily Camera he “didn’t expect” to win but has plans to run the race again in the future.
“Maybe next time I’ll win again,” he said.
Kosgei, who was born in Eldoret, Kenya, lives in Greensboro, N.C. Johnson was trying to become the first back-to-back winner since 1999-2000.
Johnson, 29, maintained a positive outlook despite the loss.
“We just came to work hard, have fun and enjoy the day off, so I’m happy with it,” he told the Daily Camera.
Johnson finished second in 30:42.92.