From Traveling Salesman To 2:04 Marathoner

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 2, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM UTC
Wilson Kipsang didn't take up serious running until he was 21 years old.

Wilson Kipsang didn't take up serious running until he was 21 years old. Photo: Photorun

Before taking up competitive running, last weekend’s Frankfurt Marathon winner and newly minted 2:04 marathoner, 28-year-old Wilson Kipsang, was a humble farm salesman.

He also didn’t start training seriously until he was 21. At that time, 2003, Kipsang had witnessed Paul Tergat’s marathon world record in Berlin. This inspired him to compete.

“When you go into something like running, you must concentrate mind and body and do it with all you have, that is the only way,” Kipsang says.

After a few years enjoying local success in Kenya, Kipsang met future manager Gerard van de Veen who took him to Germany as a substitute for one of van de Veen’s runners who had dropped out injured. This important partnership propelled Kipsang into the spotlight.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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