Eliud Kipchoge joins Malaria No More UK Leadership Council
We are thrilled to announce that the world’s fastest marathon runner, Kenyan athlete and Olympic Gold Medallist Eliud Kipchoge, is joining our Leadership Council to help accelerate the end of malaria.
For Eliud, the malaria fight is personal. Growing up in Kenya, where malaria affects the entire population, Eliud himself suffered many times from the disease. It even prevented him from representing Kenya early in his career at the World Junior Championships in 2002. However, this setback did not stop him.
Eliud says: "I am honored to be on the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council. For too long now, malaria has stolen our lives, it has stolen our time, it has stolen our relatives, our children. I want to make sure that malaria doesn't steal our futures anymore."
Eliud is a force to be reckoned with. He knows better than anyone no challenge is too big to succeed. In 2019 Eliud put his beliefs to the test when he set out to become the first person in human history to run a marathon in under two hours. He accomplished this breathtaking feat in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.
Eliud embodies remarkable humility, strength and determination, proving the seemingly impossible to be possible. He says: "I am a believer of change. I am a believer in trying the unthinkable and achieving what people say is not possible because I know that no human is limited."
Eliud applies his same belief and commitment to ending malaria: "We will stay in this race to end malaria, leaving no one behind. It is a team effort. Together we are unlimited."
Eliud joins David Beckham and Andy Murray on the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council. These are exceptional individuals who are world leaders in their fields and whose passion in fighting malaria can influence and inspire public and political change, locally and globally.
As part of his support, Eliud is a face of the Draw The Line Against Malaria campaign, calling on young people across Africa to get involved by raising awareness that we can end malaria within a generation.