What you need to know:
- Kipchoge captured the Berlin marathon title in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022, also setting a world record in 2018 and 2022.
Eliud Kipchoge is a man on a mission. He never seems to get tired of breaking barriers and bursting into new frontiers. And as the countdown to Sunday’s Berlin Marathon reaches its climax, Kipchoge is already hitting the headlines off the roads in the German capital.
Yesterday, a unique piece of street art highlighting the Kenyan legend was unveiled at the clubhouse of Berlin-based running club “Berlin Braves”, located at Wassertorstrasse 11 in the city.
The street art, showing the marathon world record holder in full stride, highlights the return of the NN Running Team’s double Olympic champion to the city, where he will run the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
The piece was produced by Dutch artist collective Kamp Seedorf in close collaboration with Kipchoge’s professional running group, the NN Running Team, and the team’s management Global Sports Communication.
At the Berlin Marathon, part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, Kipchoge is currently tied at four titles with Ethiopia's marathon great Haile Gebrselassie, who claimed the Berlin Marathon for four consecutive years between 2006 and 2009.
Kipchoge captured the Berlin marathon title in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022, also setting a world record in 2018 and 2022.
His victory last year improved his own world record by 30 seconds finishing in an unprecedented 2:01:09 over the classic distance.
“We joined hands with Kamp Seedorf because we love the idea of street art meeting sports,” Marleen Vink-Rennings, marketing director of the NN Running Team said Thursday.
“We have challenged ourselves to create a campaign that is online as well as offline and we hope runners and fans in Berlin will get inspired by the artwork of Kamp Seedorf.
“To make it more widely available we made an exclusive and limited line of merchandise, with T-shirts, prints and running bottles.”
Seedorf expressed his admiration for Kipchoge’s running prowess.
“Berlin has always been a very inspiring city for us and our love for the city combined with our love for running and the brilliant Eliud Kipchoge make this a fantastic collaboration for us.
“Running is an accessible sport for everyone and producing a piece of Eliud Kipchoge has been a real honour for us.
“The line of merchandise with the different athletes make it even more special. We run the streets like marathoners!”
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In Kenya, NTV will broadcast Sunday’s Berlin Marathon live with a big street viewing party planned for Eldoret town.
Among the organisations partnering with NTV and the Nation Media Group for the viewing party are Isuzu East Africa, NCBA Bank, Red Bull, the German Embassy in Nairobi, Hisense Kenya, Safaricom, Eka Hotel Eldoret, the Uasin Gishu County Government and Turkish Airlines.
Compiled from NN Running Team resources