- Nike unveiled two permanent statues in honour of the Kenyan marathon legend
- One of the statues stands at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore
- The statue was created by local Oregon artist Alison Caswell and captures Kipchoge’s signature gait
In honor of Eliud Kipchoge’s storied legacy as a Nike athlete, the sportswear giant has unveiled two permanent statues.
At its World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore, Nike commissioned a bronze statue of Kipchoge, which has been placed near a beloved running path on campus.
The statue was created by local Oregon artist Alison Caswell and captures Kipchoge’s signature gait and unique running style.
“Eliud Kipchoge is one of the greatest athletes of all time, and we are honoured to celebrate his legacy with this permanent fixture at our World Headquarters,” said John Donahoe, President and CEO of Nike, Inc.
“This statue is a testament to Eliud’s incredible accomplishments and his inspiration to runners around the world.”
WHAT DID NIKE DO WHEN COMMISSIONING ELIUD KIPCHOGE STATUE?
Nike has also renamed the track at its Nike European Headquarters the “Eliud Kipchoge Track & Field.” The track was renovated earlier this year to expand the number of lanes and modernize the track surface.
It now serves a growing number of passionate runners from the local athletic club and the Hilversum community.
“We are thrilled to rename our track at Nike European Headquarters in honor of Eliud Kipchoge,” said Bert van Oostveen, Vice President and General Manager of Nike EMEA.
“Eliud is a true champion and a role model for runners everywhere. His dedication to his craft and his commitment to excellence are inspiring.”
WHAT ELSE HAS NIKE DONE FOR ELIUD KIPCHOGE?
Earlier this summer, Nike released the EK Umoja Collection, a capsule of running footwear and apparel honouring the unifying legacy the champion has had on the running community.
The collection features a variety of items, including the Air Zoom Pegasus 39 EK, the Air Zoom Pegasus 39 FlyEase EK, and the Dri-FIT ADV Run Division Challenger Tight EK.
“The EK Umoja Collection is a celebration of Eliud’s unifying impact on the running community,” said Donahoe. “Eliud has brought people together from all over the world through his love of running and his spirit of sportsmanship. This collection is a way to honor his legacy and inspire others to follow in his footsteps.”
Kipchoge is one of the most celebrated athletes in the world. He is the current world record holder in the marathon, and he is the first person to break the two-hour barrier in the marathon, even though it was not an official world record.
He is also a passionate advocate for running and for the power of sport to bring people together. He is a role model for runners everywhere, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
WHAT DOES ELIUD KIPCHOGE STATUE MEAN?
Nike’s unveiling of the Eliud Kipchoge statue and the renaming of the track at its European Headquarters are significant developments for the running community.
Kipchoge is one of the most iconic and inspiring runners of all time, and these permanent fixtures will serve as a reminder of his incredible accomplishments and his impact on the sport.
The statue and the renamed track will also inspire runners of all ages and abilities to pursue their goals and achieve their full potential. Kipchoge has shown that anything is possible if you have the dedication and the drive to succeed.
Nike’s commitment to honouring Kipchoge’s legacy is also a testament to the company’s support of the running community. Nike has always been a champion of runners, and its investment in these permanent fixtures is a sign of its continued commitment to the sport.
Nike’s unveiling of the Eliud Kipchoge statue and the renaming of the track at its European Headquarters are significant developments for the running community. These permanent fixtures are a fitting tribute to his incredible accomplishments and his impact on the sport. They will also serve as an inspiration to runners of all ages and abilities to pursue their goals and achieve their full potential.