Deputy President William Ruto is in Vienna to cheer Eliud Kipchoge as he runs the historical INEOS 1:59 challenge.
Ruto left the country on Thursday night and landed in Vienna on Friday accompanied by former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and Kenyan Ambassador to the United States Robison Njeru Githae.
DP Ruto and his team wore his trademark cap.
Later in the evening, the Deputy President changed into running gear and jogged in the streets of Vienna perhaps to have the feel of the challenge ahead of Kipchoge.
Apart from Ruto, Kipchoge has received messages of goodwill from President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
On Friday, Uhuru phoned Kipchoge to wish him in his attempt to become the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours.
Uhuru said: “I am feeling confident, you are in our prayer, my friend. I just wanted to pass that message unto you. I am praying for you that you will be successful,”
The President also took the opportunity to remind the athlete that all Kenyans are behind him.
On a Facebook post, Raila Odinga said: “I fully embrace the #INEOS159 motto that no human is limited or should be. Eliud Kipchoge has never been limited. We have faith that having done 2:00:25, this gallant son of Kenya and Africa will make it 1:59. Go go Eliud, we are behind you for something new, something unlimited.
Patrick Sang, Eliud Kipchoge’s coach, had appealed for a huge crowd to show up and show support to the athlete..
“One element that is very important for Eliud is the crowd. So please, come and support Eliud on 12th October and cheer him on to help him make history”.
Kipchoge told the media that he is participating in the race to “to show the world that No Human Is Limited”
With that, he said he hopes that he will inspire people around the world to not think in limitations and prove that they can do anything, once they believe in themselves and you prepare well.