Why Eliud Kipchoge wants to run alongside Obama

Why Eliud Kipchoge wants to run alongside Obama

By Peter Ochieng

Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge says he dreams of one day running alongside former United States of America (USA) President, Barrack Hussein Obama, in Kenya.

On Sunday, September 25, 2022, Kipchoge will attempt to break his own record at this year’s edition of the Berlin marathon in Germany, as he hopes that a time will come for him to invite Obama to Kenya, for a race.

He says Obama’s character unifies.

“I think I would choose Barack Obama. I would invite him to Kenya to run. The reason is, Barack Obama has a character of inspiration, the character of unity, and it goes beyond all human nature,” Kipchoge responded at a press conference on Friday, ahead of the Sunday race.

Barrack Obama served as the 44th US President from 2009 to 2017, before being succeeded by Donald Trump.

His father, Barrack Obama Senior was born in Kogello, Siaya County.

On the other hand, Kipchoge holds the world marathon record of 2:01:39 he set during the Berlin marathon in 2018.

He says running holds the power of uniting people.

“Running promotes freedom of association. When people run together, they are united – and when there is unity, there is peace. “Let us run together… let us run as one. The only activity, which can let us bind together, is running,” he says as quoted by AFP.

He says, “I’m so fortunate to be back in the streets of Berlin. I can’t wait to see you all on the starting line tomorrow.”


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