- Kipchoge will award winners in the junior event on Saturday
- He has won the London Marathon four times
- He flew to London just shortly after breaking the World record in Berlin
World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will look to inspire the next generation of athletes at the London Marathon on Saturday after being chosen to award medals to the winners of the age group championships events at the event.
Kipchoge is currently the London Marathon race ambassador.
“I really support the initiative of the TCS London Marathon to promote running at all ages. I like running to be a family activity since running is life. It will bring joy, happiness and health to our children, who are the future, so let’s all embrace this,” Kipchoge said, speaking to the race’s website.
The races on Saturday will involve thousands of children and young people of all abilities, aged from four to 17, taking part in either 2.6K or one-mile events on the same finishing stretch of the TCS London Marathon course.
In a unique new initiative, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will give the school of every child who finishes £10 (Sh1,300) per participant to spend on PE or IT equipment.
Thrilled with Kipchoge’s presence
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, said: “We are thrilled that Eliud, our four-time champion, will be with us this weekend. He is, without doubt, the GOAT of marathon running and will be a huge inspiration to everyone taking part in the TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Kipchoge will plant a tree in honour of Her Majesty for The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) and launch the London Marathon’s Living Hall of Fame on Saturday.
As part of an event that will once again bring people from all walks of life together in London, the tree symbolises the inspiring community spirit that exists at the heart of the marathon and within the QGC, which has planted more than a million trees across the UK in Her Majesty’s name.
As well as honouring The Queen, this tree marks the launch of the London Marathon’s Living Hall of Fame, which over the next decade will see a tree planted for every London Marathon champion since 1981.
Kipchoge to plant tree at Blackheath Avenue
Kipchoge will plant a flowering cherry tree on Blackheath Avenue in Greenwich Park, close to the famous start of the London Marathon.
“For me trees represent life and legacy. I would like this world to be a running world and a green world. Therefore it is a great honour to plant this tree in the London Marathon Living Hall of Fame, especially since this is the first tree in the new planting season for The Queen’s Green Canopy. It is a wonderful way to remember my four victories in London and I hope to visit this tree every time I return to London in future,” said Kipchoge.