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World Champion Marathoner Reflects On Competing Post-Kids

“My children enjoy the work we do and we’re so proud they are in our lives.”

 

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Edna Kiplagat

Age and Event: 35, Distance Runner

Children: Son Carlos, 10, daughter Wendy, 6, and adopted son Collins (her nephew), 12

Pre-Kids: Won silver at the 1996 World Junior Championships and bronze at the 1998 World Junior Championships in the 3000m, ran 10K personal best of 32:12 in 2003

Post-Kids: Snagged a new super fast 10K personal best of 31:34 in 2010; won both the 2010 Los Angeles and New York City marathons and was the 2011 and 2013 IAAF world champion in the marathon; ran her marathon PB of 2:19:50 at the 2012 London Marathon—not too shabby!

Now: The Nike athlete is still competing.

Related: How Alysia Montaño Went From Expectant Mom To U.S. Champ

She Says: “My children enjoy the work we do and we’re so proud they are in our lives.”

Fun Fact: Husband Gilbert Koech was also a world-class marathoner with a PB of 2:13:45. He now focuses on coaching Kiplagat and managing their family. They were both the youngest of six children.