Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan long distance runner, the 2016 Olympic marathon gold medalist, and one of Kenya's most decorated distance runners of all time. The Rift Valley Marathon is pleased to welcome Eliud as our special guest for the 2017 Marathon!
Proud to share the thoughs of our supporters
If you want not only to become a better runner, but better person, the Run for Life camp near Mosoriot, Kenya offers you both. Training in a challenging environment with an international mix of runners of all abilities, brought my own running ability to an exciting new and higher level. I met the people and culture of rural Kenya up close, and appreciated opportunities to be a part. As an RN I was able to volunteer at the local health clinic, as well as assisting in other local projects. Gained were consciousness, perspective, and awareness. Run for Life- it’s more than just a Run experience, it was a Life experience.
In March 2017 I travelled to Mosoriot, Kenya for the Rift Valley Marathon and it simply blew me away.
Can you recall your most amazing race experience? Because after 55 marathons (including a sub 3) and
with nearly 30 years of distance racing, I can say unequivocally that this was the greatest race
experience of my life. I do not pay that compliment lightly as I am a serial racer and a Race Director
myself (Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series is the largest women’s 5K in Canada) with very high
expectations but I finished the race in tears, the happiest tears of my running life.
The Rift Valley Marathon not only makes a huge impact on the villages that it helps provide water too
with its wells but, it also impacts every single participant because for your brief time in Nandi county you
really feel like you are a part of it.
I had no idea when the race started that I would be escorted the entire route by children from the
villages I ran past. Nor that I would feel like I was the most famous runner in the world because
everyone comes out to cheer you on. And if you wear a tutu, you get cheers and lots of laughter and
who doesn’t love that?
In 2017, the marathon included an athlete’s symposium the day before that was wonderfully
informative and engaging and included a talk by Renato Canova. I know that Eliud Kipochge is coming to
the Rift Valley Marathon in 2018 as its special guest and I can’t believe I am going to get to meet the
greatest marathoner of the modern era!! Since last year the after party included traditional music, food
and dancing with OLYMPIANS I am sort of hoping I’ll get to dance with Mr. Kipochge!