Eliud Kipchoge gets candid on his fatherhood journey

Eliud Kipchoge gets candid on his fatherhood journey

Abigael Wafula 17:35 - 10.07.2024

Eliud Kipchoge has spoken about his fatherhood journey and how he manages to balance family time and training.

Eliud Kipchoge has opened up about his fatherhood journey and how being raised by a single mother shaped how he treats his daughter and two sons.

The former world marathon record holder insisted that he is a great father and he believes he is raising confident children.

Speaking in an interview with NN Running team, the five-time Berlin Marathon champion noted that he learnt most of his skills from his friends who are fathers.

“At home I am a husband and father…I can say I’m a responsible father. I don’t have the experience other than getting experience from other fathers. I was taken care of by a single mother and I’m trying all the best to be a good dad to my girl and two boys,” he said.

Speaking about his illustrious career, the four-time London Marathon champion noted that after spending about 10 years on the track, he took a shift to th roads.

He started his career with a 10km road race, then slowly rose through the ranks to the marathon where he has been dominant.

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Kipchoge made his full marathon debut at the 2013 Hamburg Marathon where he won the race and has managed to establish his name on the global stage since then.

The two-time Olympic champion is undoubtedly one of the greatest marathoners in the world, thanks to his prowess. He has run four of the 10 fastest marathons in history.

He also lauded his coach, Patrick Sang for being a vital part in his career. He explained that they remain friends during training and even after training and they are able to talk about anything from sports to family.

“I spent a decade on the track and I guess I was successful on the track. After that, I decided to switch to road running,” Kipchoge said.

“I started with the 10km, then half marathon then the full marathon. For the last 11 years, I’ve been running the marathon and that’s why I always say the marathon is in my blood. That’s what actually made Eliud Kipchoge to be who he is now.

“I like reading, I like watching TV, I like going to the farm to refresh my mind. Patrick is critically important to me…I have been with him throughout my whole career. We exchange a lot, we think a lot, we critically comment a lot in business, in life, in sports.”