In Summary
  • In the remaining five days, organisers in Vienna hope to tie up all the loose ends ahead of the challenge, with Kipchoge’s travel plans heavily reliant on the weather forecast for Saturday.
  • The organisers should, hopefully, make a final announcement on Monday on the timings of Kipchoge’s run which, weather-permitting and ceteris paribus, should be from 8am on Saturday, which will be 7am in Vienna.

It wasn’t your usual Church service at St Paul’s Catholic University Chapel on Sunday.

The brilliant choir stood out, resplendent in unique, black, INEOS 1:59 branded polo shirts. And when the priest in charge, Fr Stephen Mbugua, offered his opening prayer, it was evident that the Special Intention Mass was indeed a special one.

“Today, we pray for our world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge,” Fr Mbugua, invited the congregation.

The Mass at the University of Nairobi-domiciled chapel, was organised by running enthusiasts, led by Victoria Kaigai, who gave a fitting tribute to Kipchoge during the service, breaking down what it means for the Olympic champion to run the marathon in under two hours this weekend in Vienna.

“He is hoping to accomplish what no man in the world has ever done. He will be running 42.4 kilometres in one hours, 59 minutes,” Kaigai, an avid runner and huge fan of Kipchoge, broke it down.

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