Tegla Loroupe

AMB. DR. TEGLA LOROUPE SS, OGW, MBS.

OXFAM GB, UNICEF, IAAF AND UN SPORTS AND PEACE AMBASSADOR, CHAMPION MARATHON RUNNER AND WORLD RECORD HOLDER, FOUNDER / PRESIDENT – TEGLA LOROUPE PEACE FOUNDATION

From a humble background to an international sports icon, Tegla singles out humility, patience, hard work, team spirit and mercies from the Almighty as the principle ingredients of such a success story. She is perhaps unrivalled international sports figure of all time with a number of international athletics medals, records and honours in her belt.  

Tegla Loroupe, born in 1973 in West Pokot County, is a Three-time World Half-marathon Champion, Winner and Two-Time world record holder in the New York Marathon. In 2006, she was named the UN Athlete for Sports & Peace Ambassador, by the Secretary General Kofi Annan and many other Ambassadorial roles followed.  2016, she was named by the IOC Executive Board the Chief De Mission for Refugee Olympic Team to participate in the Olympic Games. In 2016, she was honoured as the 2016 UN Person of the Year in Kenya having been proposed by the UN Refugee Agency for using her athletic prowess to promote peace-building in conflict zones and for her leadership in ensuring refugee participation in the 2016 Olympic Games for the first time in history. She is an executive member of many international bodies among them WADA and ANOCA.

Her own experiences make her a heroine and role model for girls and women.  She is vociferous about the issues they face and is a strong advocate for change. She has set up the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation.