Kelvin Kiptum Foundation

To keep the memory of Kelvin Kiptum alive and support his family and community, the Kelvin Kiptum Foundation is launched. The fund will predominantly provide continued financial support for education, infrastructure and the support of young marathon runners in Kenya.

With the death of Kelvin Kiptum, the sports world loses a great athlete. But above all, his family loses a warm family man, someone who could offer a better future to his immediate community. Kelvin’s recent sporting successes gave his family and parents a window into a better future. Kelvin’s family (and his two young children) can count on support from the fund. For his immediate community, the plans that Kelvin himself had in terms of investments in education and infrastructure will locally be picked up and developed. By establishing a marathon team and training facilities for young runners, the foundation offers them the opportunity for a possible future in athletics. Golazo is already contributing the first 50,000 euros to the fund, symbolic of 1 euro per participant in the NN Marathon Rotterdam.

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Kelvin Kiptum (December 2, 1999 – February 11, 2024) was the world record holder in the marathon. In just 10 months, the Kenyan athlete achieved three stunning results. In December 2022, Kiptum won as the fastest debutant the marathon in Valencia (2.01.53). In London he improved this time to 2.01.25. On October 8, 2023, he set the world record by becoming the first athlete to finish under 2 hours and 1 minute in Chicago: 2:00:35.

Kiptum would participate in the 43rd NN Marathon Rotterdam on April 14, 2024. He had big plans: his goal was to break his own world record. Under perfect conditions he could have become the first athlete to break the magical barrier of 2 hours.

On February 11, 2024, Kiptum died in a car accident in Kenya. He left behind his wife and two children. His coach Gervais Hakizimana also died in the accident.