Kipchoge and Kiprotich have they money to live a fancy, modern lifestyle, but they choose to live in bare bones conditions, sharing small rooms with other runners and doing their share of communal chores as their optimal training environment.
Kipchoge: “People forget that money cannot be harvested. If you want to harvest the money, you need to plant the seeds. And what are the seeds? The seeds are hard training.”
They also have a medal hope in Solomon Mutai who won bronze at Worlds this summer.
“In such competition and in such conditions, everyone is a threat. I won’t be watching Dennis only. I have to keep a close watch on everyone who is running with us.”
On records vs medals: “To win a medal is very important, but to hold the world record is very important, too. There are more medal winners than world record-holders.”
The 2015 World Championships start with a bang as world beater Wilson Kipsang, WR holder Dennis Kimetto and Olympic/World champ Stephen Kiprotich lead a field that includes six 2:05 or faster runners and 24 men with sub-2:10 PRs.
The walk for peace is to raise awareness of ethnic violence in northern Kenya where cattle rustling and revenge killings are common. Wilson Kipsang, Paul Tergat, Ezekiel Kemboi, Haile Gebrselassie and Stephen Kiprotich are among those participating.
Kiptis ran 60:21 to beat Jonathan Maiyo (60:32) while Kipsang was 5th (62:09) and Kiprotich 10th (63:07).
59:02 man Jonathan Maiyo will also compete.
Kiprotich opens up a lot about UAF and the current sexual harassment scandal with Peter Wemali. He also brings up times UAF has wronged him in the past (by kicking him off teams) that he has never publicly mentioned until now.