World marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has been appointed the brand ambassador the Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross Country Championship.
Kipchoge who hails from Nandi County was named as the ambassador because he hails from area and his exceptional performance in athletics.
The event’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman Abraham ‘Solo” Mutai said Kipchoge’s mandate will be to market the event, nurture and mentor upcoming promising athletes taking part in the race.
Kipchoge is fresh from winning this year’s Berlin Marathon on September 24, where set a new world marathon record of 2:01.39 in the German capital.
At the Ndalaat Gaa cross country championships, is where budding athletes are nurtured and sanctified to conquer the world.
Joseph Ebuya started the season by winning the 2009 Ndalat Gaa meeting before going ahead to bag the world cross-country title in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2010.
Ebuya’s win brought the individual senior men’s 12km title back to Kenya for the first time since Paul Tergat won in Belfast 1999.
The 2011 London Marathon winner Prisca Jeptoo won in 2012 after claiming silver medals at Daegu worlds while Vivian Cheruiyot went ahead to strike two gold medals in 2011 and crowned the world cross-country title.
Olympic, world and Commonwealth games 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is another one among the many athletes who have developed and horned their talent in this annual run.