Despite millions, Eliud Kipchoge lives in a dormitory at camp

Despite millions, Eliud Kipchoge lives in a dormitory at camp

Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon gold medalist in 2016 and 2020 and one of Kenya’s most famous runners, lives a quiet life in the isolated Kenyan community of Kaptagat, in Uasin Gishu County, where he is free of distractions.

Kipchoge is based at a camp that houses up to 30 athletes in two dormitories. Outside the dorms, there are rows of Nike Vaporfly sneakers for Ksh30,877 (£200).

Despite the fact that his family home is near to the camp, Kipchoge decides to spend weeks in his basic room in the dormitories.
A cook is also present at the camp, who prepares the meals for the athletes. The kitchen is simple, with only one cooking range and two hobs.

Dinner is always served at 7:30 p.m. in a basic dining room with a poster on the wall with the statement “A thousand kilometers begins with a single step.” The two dorms are segregated, with one for male athletes and the other for female athletes; nonetheless, Eliud has his own room, while the others share a single step.

How to start running?

The 37-year-old runner sticks to his weekly training schedule, which he does every week from Monday to Saturday.

“Our life here is simple, very simple. Get up in the morning, go for a run, come back. If it is a day for cleaning, we do the cleaning, or we just relax. Then go for lunch, massage, the four o’clock run, evening tea, relax, go to sleep. As simple as that,” Kipchoge noted earlier.

Because of the altitude, the camp, which is located 8,000 feet above sea level in Kaptagat near Eldoret town, provides performance advantages. Despite millions, Eliud Kipchoge lives in a dormitory at camp.

Eliud is a person in real life who likes reading books a lot. He always encourages others to read books and is also a climate change advocate. 

Sang founded the camp in 2002 to provide a training facility for junior and emerging athletes, but it has since become home to Kipchoge, the world’s best marathoner.

By MtKenya Talents Development Centre

 

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