Grace Sugutt: All You Need to Know About Eliud Kipchoge’s Wife

Grace Sugutt and Eliud Kipchoge

Grace Sugutt is the wife of popular Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge. Grace Sugutt is the power behind the icon, Eliud Kipchoge. Grace Sugutt was born in Kenya in the late 1980s even though she has not mentioned her exact date of birth, parents, education, and siblings.

For a man whose humility is as legendary as his athletic prowess, it is almost ironic that Eliud Kipchoge cannot outrun the limelight. Fresh from being crowned the first human to ever run the marathon distance under two hours, it is interesting how the star slunk back home with pint-size applause.

To put the matter into context, picture Kipchoge being flown to the globally broadcasted event held in Vienna, Austria aboard billionaire Sir Jim’s luxurious Gulfstream G280.

Then see the same person taking on chores at the Global Sports Communication ultra-rarefied training camp alongside junior athletes barely a week later. Which Nike ambassador juggles a magazine interview decked in designer garments then shortly after hops on a boda boda to fetch livestock feed at the local market? Kipchoge, without doubt, may be a case study on how to handle fame. Kipchoge, after all, is arguably one of the most famous Kenyans.

With his recent unveiling by President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s new goodwill ambassador for tourism, the Greatest of All Time who coined the phrase ‘no human is limited’ finds himself in the glare of publicity yet again. This time, Kipchoge is not tasked with breaking an athletic record, but rather the entire nation is betting on him to offer an athletic shot in the arm of a limping industry.

Quick Facts About Grace Sugutt

  • She is the backbone of the career of her husband Eliud Kipchoge and goes with him almost every time to places he goes to compete.
  • Grace Sugutt has three children with Eliud Kipchoge.
  • Grace Sugutt is not very tall but stands about 1.72m in height.
  • Grace Sugutt is dark and has put on more weight approximately 70kg.
  • Grace Sugutt was born in Kenya.

Grace Sugutt and Eliud Kipchoge

Grace, reserved yet sure-footed when she begins speaking, recalls with glee the first time she met Kipchoge. She insists they were destined for each other.

“I was 19 when I fell in love with Eliud. See, we were schoolmates and neighbours. My brother Amos was also his best friend. We both adore humility and this drew us together. Tulikatiana kikale (we dated the Kalenjin way) and after a year, we started life together solemnised in a traditional ceremony,” said Grace. Not long after getting married, the couple welcomed their firstborn Lynne, 13. Griffin, 9, and Gordon, 7, would follow.

Their parenting style mirrors their own simple upbringing albeit with an insistence on a proper education. One would assume that Grace’s existence is idyllic like that of other WAGS across the world. WAGS is an acronym used to refer to wives and girlfriends of top sportspersons.

For a person who espouses modesty, however, Grace’s week is full as she tends to the family’s commercial interests. Besides real estate, Grace is an ardent maize farmer who also rears dairy animals and poultry holding. When Kipchoge is home, she keeps up with his schedule ensuring he is ready for practice or any other engagements. Curious readers might want to know that Kipchoge’s favourite meal consists of ugali, chapati and the Kalenjin mursik.

Grace Sugutt has Passion for Wildlife

She was especially impressed by the wildlife sightings they had while staying at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp with its exclusive 250,000-acre concession bordering Loliondo in Tanzania and later at Mahali Muzuri at Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Besides the predators, her other highlight was the famous wildebeest migration.

Grace Sugutt

“Eliud’s discipline also extends to his spending,” she explains. We wouldn’t wind up our conversation before she spoke about what truly fulfils her. A staunch Catholic, she is passionate about philanthropy. Grace and Kipchoge have taken it upon themselves to provide food for athletes affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grace is fervent about providing sanitary pads to girls in the hinterland who cannot afford them. With the help of a donor, she provides innovative sanitary pads reusable for at least five years. This, she says, will culminate in the setting up of the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation, with three goals mapped. Talent identification and development form the core. Promoting a reading culture and access to education is the second element while the couple’s pet project of environmental conservation is the third.

For a start, they have adopted 130 acres of the Kaptagat Forest and are supporting the water tower’s reforestation. How would she want to be remembered: “I want to be remembered as the force behind the force,” she says.


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