Man with a Mission

Man with a Mission

For the third time, Moninda Marube crossed the finish line a winner in the Select Staffing Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon & Half Marathon. The native of Kenya, who won the full marathon in 2010 and again in 2011 setting a record of 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 28 seconds, dominated the half-marathon on Saturday, finishing the 13.1-mile race more than two minutes ahead of the second-place runner.

Marube came with a mission; to run the biggest run of his life — some 3,700 miles across the United States. He intends to start next spring on the coast of Maine and finish at Leadbetter Beach on November 7, 2015, at the end of another Santa Barbara Marathon. Marube wants to call attention to two maladies: human trafficking and child obesity.

Marube is fearlessly forging ahead. He has a community of support in his adopted hometown of Auburn, Maine. A videographer has volunteered to document his journey; and he has set up a nonprofit foundation, Escape from Freedom, with a website (

“It’s a paradox,” said Dan Campbell, a cross-country coach in Auburn who has taken Marube into his home. “He came here to be free, and he fell into oppression.”

Marube revealed that after he embarked on a professional running career in America, his livelihood was stolen by an unscrupulous agent who confiscated a chunk of his earnings and consigned him and other vulnerable immigrant athletes to deplorable living conditions in Minnesota.

“Moninda is the first person to speak out about this kind of human trafficking,” said Campbell,


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