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Missing Kenyan runner found alive

10 November 2011, 10:15

Alaska - A Kenyan runner who disappeared over the weekend as two snowstorms hit the Alaska city where he lived was found alive Wednesday with severe frostbite on both feet and severe hypothermia.

All-American cross country runner Marko Cheseto, 28, disappeared a day after his University of Alaska Anchorage team's triumphant return from the NCAA Division II West Region championships, where the team won every title available.

Cheseto took time off from running last season after the suicide of teammate and fellow Kenyan, William Ritekwiang.

Cheseto was last seen on Sunday night, and his roommates reported him missing on Monday morning. Authorities looked for signs of him on every major trail in Anchorage, and divers were preparing to search lakes around the campus on Wednesday when he walked into a hotel near campus at about 03:30.

Steve Cobb, the school's athletic director, told The Associated Press that Cheseto was being treated at a local hospital for severe frostbite on both feet. He said officials were waiting to interview Cheseto.

Cobb said he didn't know if Cheseto's injuries would prevent him from running competitively again.

"We are just thankful he was found and getting treatment," Cobb said.

Cheseto was the winner of the West Region the two previous seasons. He made last week's trip as team manager.

- AP

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