With a personal best of 2:08:03, Albert Korir will be the slowest Kenyan in the men's elite field, lining up for the Boston Marathon on April 18.
Yet he is one most decorated in the stellar line-up ever assembled in the Boston marathon. His resounding win in the New York marathon last year gives him an edge.
Known for hills ferocity, Korir is set to capitalize on the rolling hills in the Boston marathon to capture the elusive victory.
If a surge in heartbreak hill located 20 miles from the start of the race will determine the winner, then Korir will stand to be counted in this year's edition of the Boston marathon.
Training in the undulating highlands of Elgeiyo Marakwet in Kapkitony, Korir seems to have mastered all the terrains in the marathon.
"Thanks to my family and my wonderful training partners at Kapkitony, feel free to come and see our place of training and get to know how we grind hills," Korir said after winning New York.
The Volare sports management maestro came into the limelight in 2015 when he won the Kass FM marathon, a hilly course staged at high altitude in Kenya.
The 28-year-old will be following in the footsteps of Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot a former Kapkitony trainee who won the Boston marathon in 2010.
His personal best may not define him or his running style. Korir's resilience and determination have enabled him to fight enormous battles.
Boston marathon is within his grasp, improving his personal best will be a bonus.