Hello and thank you for the interest in Patrick Makau.
What we tweeted post-Fukoka at twitter.com/reddirtreport relates to most what you have mentioned in your comment:
#TeamAdidas #boost #FukuokaMarathon (1 of 2) Patrick Makau wins 2014 @FukuokaMarathon in 2:08:22 after conservative racing, as a tactical victory as a confidence booster was the only goal for Patrick Makau today. --- D. (IAC) #athletics #marathon
Many thanks to @FukuokaMaraton, @WataruOgushi for believing in Patrick Makau even before Patrick raced well in 2014 TD Beach to Beacon. -D.
Special thanks to unnamed World Marathon Majors event which negotiated in September & believed in Patrick Makau through ZB and yours truly.
I would love to thank THAT person right now in public, but I can't. Hence, after Patrick Makau's spring #WMM marathon is announced, I will.
#PatrickMakau Few comments: 1) There was ton of pressure on Patrick. He raced well in 2014 TD Beach to Beacon. His interval training in AUG
#PatrickMakau and SEP was better than before 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon and WR. 2) Patrick burned amazing training session on Tuesday before
#PatrickMakau Valencia Half marathon and has got ill on Thursday. If there was no pressure, Patrick would records DNS, but as there was...
#PatrickMakau pressure, Patrick decided to race and we decided not to share info on strong cold he had. 3) Winning today was of extreme...
#PatrickMakau importance to Patrick. Our @BransonZane reports sleepless night and focus on controlling the race with minimal risk. -D. (IAC)
Patrick belongs to Kamba tribe, with most of Kenyan top level athletes being Kalenjin people (with high percentage of medals coming from Nandi, approx. 1 million people). Ross Tucker (Science Of Sport blog) published good breakdown of Kenyan medals - Nandi / non-Nandi.
In addition to Patrick Makau, names (Kamba) fans of sport would recognize are Patrick Ivuti and Jimmy Muindi.
Recent tribal issues in Kenya don't warrant any work on tribal level when it comes to athletics or sport in general. Also, Patrick was never interested in this approach, as he sees himself as proudly Kenyan.
Example of work done with Patrick:
Running tips by Patrick Makau – Rest & recovery
Running tips by Patrick Makau – Long Run
Running tips by Patrick Makau – Interval training
Running tips by Patrick Makau – Racing responsibly
IAAF - Work, rest, play – Patrick Makau
UNEP Goodwill Ambassador - Clean Air Patron
adidas, geo-market activation - adidas Russia (March 2014)
adidas, global use of photo / video