Eliud Kipchoge, a renowned long-distance runner from Kenya, holds the distinction of having four out of the five fastest marathons in history. Widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time, Kipchoge has won an impressive 15 out of 17 marathons he has competed in. The two marathons he lost were the 2013 Berlin Marathon, where he came second behind Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record, and the 2020 London Marathon, where he placed eighth.
Born on November 5, 1984, in Kapsisiywa, Nandi county, Kipchoge was raised by a single mother and only knew about his father from old photographs. As a teenager, he used to walk and cycle from Kapsisiywa to Kapsabet town to sell milk at the local market. He also ran six kilometers to school every day, which sparked his journey to becoming a professional athlete.
Kipchoge’s earnings from marathons are substantial, with him receiving £38,000 for winning the 2018 Berlin Marathon and a whopping £534,000 for setting a new world record. His victories in the 2018 and 2019 London Marathons earned him £39,000 and £42,500, respectively. In addition to these earnings, Kipchoge makes millions from sponsorship deals with INEOS, Nike, Maurten, NN Group, and Isuzu.
Despite his wealth, Kipchoge lives a modest life in his Kapsisiywa home, where he was gifted a brand new Isuzu D-Max single cab pick-up valued at KSh 4.1 million for his victory in the INEOS 1:59 challenge. Isuzu has since launched the Eliud 1:59 limited edition in honor of the marathon record holder, with only 159 units available.
Kipchoge also owns a luxurious multi-million house in Elgon View Estate in Eldoret, where he resides with his wife, Grace Sugut, and their three children. Additionally, on September 9, 2021, Kipchoge launched the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation, with a mission to provide all children in the world with access to knowledge and education. He also has a KSh 100 million library in his honor authorized by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In summary, Eliud Kipchoge is a celebrated Kenyan long-distance runner, who holds several records and is considered one of the greatest marathoners of all time. Despite his immense wealth, he leads a modest life and has launched a foundation to provide education to children worldwide.