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Eliud Kipchoge: I need to run with Barack Obama

By Winnie Mabel October 11th, 2022 2 min read

Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge, globally recognized as the greatest of all-time marathon runners, sat down to an interview with NTV’s Benard Ndong and James Wokabi on October 10, 2022, to talk about his running career, achievements, dreams and goals.

During the interview, he revealed that one of his wishes was to run with former United States of America’s 44th president, Barack Obama.

“I believe Obama is a real inspiration to all leaders both inside and outside of our country. I need to run with him, share with him – you know when you are running, then ideas are coming and I’d like to share ideas with him while actually on the run, put it on paper and life will continue,” said Kipchoge.

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Former US President Barack Obama. FILE PHOTO
Former US President Barack Obama. FILE PHOTO

While in London for the London Marathon last week, Kipchoge also said he would invite Obama to Kenya to run because Obama has a character of hope, inspiration and unity that goes beyond all human nature despite race; and these stands out in him.

Kipchoge’s hopes to run with Obama date back to a congratulatory message Mr Obama sent to Kipchoge via Twitter following a run in which Kipchoge beat the two-hour mark in finishing a marathon.

“Yesterday, marathoner Eliud Kipchoge became the first ever to break two hours. Today in Chicago, Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world record.

Staggering achievements on their own. They’re also remarkable examples of humanity’s ability to endure- and keep raising the bar,” said Obama in a tweet that was retweeted over 29,300 times and loved by over 281,000 people.

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The tweet came after Kipchoge ran a marathon in Vienna and completed the race in the 1:59 INEOS challenge in October 2019. He clocked the race at 1:59:40.2, the first ever to be achieved in the marathon category.

In response, Kipchoge said, “Dear Mr Obama, thank you for your special words. In life, we hope to inspire others. Thank you for inspiring me. It would be my greatest honour if we could meet, and discuss how we could make this world a running world. As a running world is a peaceful world. #NoHumanIsLimited.”

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Several of Kipchoge and Obama’s followers called for the duo to meet as many expressed wonder and surprise that Obama could tweet Kipchoge. They continue to eagerly wait for the meet-up.

Like Kipchoge, Barack and his wife, Michelle, are also fitness enthusiasts. In and out of the White House, the duo have been photographed exercising, cycling, canoeing and boxing among several fitness regiments.

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