Eliud Kipchoge is a simple man who helps others - Part three of a three part series on the King of the Marathon
The King of The Marathon Part Three: an inside look into the life of Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge. When Eliud Kipchoge passed the first 10k mark in 29:01 on September 16 in Berlin everyone was excited because he was nine seconds ahead of world record pace. Actually this was his slower 10k split of the day. He picked up the pace and his second 10k split was 28:55, third 28:49 and fourth 28:47. So how did he do this? He has always passed every drug test. Besides doing some unbelievable workouts he pays close attention to his diet. His favorite meal is ugali, kalenjin traditional milk called mursik which nutritious and energetic, traditional veggies (such as; socha, saga, mborochet, chepkerta and mitiat). These are herbal and they build the immune system and adds to the blood. He eats roasted maize for carbohydrates. How does he relax? During leisure time he likes reading at least two or three inspirational books every month. This is where a man full of wisdom and maturity adds to his knowledge. One quote he likes, "The impossible is possible and imitation is limitation. " by John Manson. Eliud is a dairy and tea farmer and when he is at home he looks after cattle. His last born kid son started running so he can follow in his father's foot steps. After smashing the World Marathon Record in Berlin, Eliud is expected to get $50,000 for winning and $69,000 for breaking the world record. This is 12 million Kenyan Shillings. In additon, truck manufactures, Isuzu East Africa, which Kipchoge is a Brand Ambassador, will give him a D-max luxury double cabin vehicle. There are also gaming companies which will reward him. Eliud has involved himself in charity work too. He helps raise funds for dispensaries, pay school fees for unable kids, he helps upcoming athletes with housing and hospitals bills. He pays for airline tickets for students going abroad on scholarship. He helps to motivate young Kenyans on the importance of hardwork. Kenya has been very proud of Eliud Kipchoge and since he smashed the world record the whole country is behind him. One part and two of these series were published the last two days on My Best Runs.
posted Saturday September 22nd
by Willie Korir reporting from Kenya