Story Behind Viral Boy Running to School With Marathoners

  • Dennis Cheruiyot from Kiplembo Secondary school whose video went viral
    Dennis Cheruiyot from Kiplembo Secondary school whose video went viral
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  • A video of a schoolboy seen running to school alongside marathoners hit the inter-webs and immediately went viral on Thursday, July 15.

    Dennis Cheruiyot, a form two student at RCA Kiplombe Secondary School, Turbo Constituency in Uasin Gishu County is not only the games captain but also enjoys playing volleyball, athletics and handball as part of his co-curricular activities.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, his teacher Mr Henry Cheruiyot, revealed that Dennis usually runs every morning to school and academically, he is an average student.

    Drawing inspiration from iconic athletes such as Kipchoge Keino, Dennis also aspires to represent Kenya in international athletics competitions one day.

    He hails from Greenfield village which is approximately 4 km from his school, his teacher further stated that his student had a challenge in paying school fees. His aunt usually pays his school fees from time to time.

    “When the principal saw the video, he was very delighted and happy for Dennis,” stated Henry.

    Uasin Gishu county popularly known as the home of champions has for decades won accolades for producing some of the most distinguished athletes in the world.

    As a result, the county and its environs have witnessed tremendous economic growth on account of large investments injected by the elite runners.

    "The economy of this town has always been dependent on farming. However, in recent years we have seen investments from athletes compete with agricultural revenues," said Philip Kemboi, an official at Uasin Gishu County located at the heart of the North Rift region.

    "The town is now attractive to investors thanks to the new amenities and better infrastructure," he added.

    A runner posing behind the famous landmark in Iten, Rift Valley Region
    A runner posing behind the famous landmark in Iten, Rift Valley Region
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