His name was not on the list of athletes tipped to win the men's race at the 2014 Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) Sunday.
But Luka Kipkemboi Chelimo was not too fussed as he was only interested in going as fast as he could over the 24.175km route.
Nearing the end, however, the 36-year-old had enough left in the tank and pulled away to post a surprise victory over his more illustrious countrymen and continue Kenya's domination of the event, which now stretches back to 2002.
Chelimo clocked 2 hours, 14 minutes and 59.94 seconds, ahead of Eliud Kiptanui (2:15:25.65) and Mike Mutai (2:15:40.45), respectively, joining a list of Kenyan winners that stretches back to 2002.
Chelimo, who won the Odense Hans Christian Andersen Marathon in Denmark last year, was surprised to have beaten his compatriots here, but said: "The only difference is that they were given elite numbers while I was just given a number that was behind.
"I overtook the others with around five kilometres remaining... and when I came close to them, I just tried to overtake them one by one.
"I'm very happy because I won the race."
The women's race was a tight and exciting contest won by favourite Sharon Cherop, another Kenyan, who clocked 2:41:11.04sec.
With just a kilometre to go, the 29-year-old was neck and neck with Ethiopia's Debre Godana, and just behind race leader Alina Prokopeva of Russia.
In a dramatic finish, the 28-year-old Russian fell away as Cherop and Godana sprinted to the finish line.