Four time New York City marathon champion Mary Keitany has focused on charity work after hanging her spikes in September 2021.
The former world half marathon record holder, Keitany said that after quitting active running, she will be engaging more on charity by giving back to the community that has been supportive throughout her running career.
“When I began my journey, I started with a big support from the community when I ran my first race at the Shoe4Africa Charity race in 2006 when I finished in the 21st position and that opened the doors of success,” said the 2009 world half marathon champion.
Speaking in Eldoret during the Equator Road Run to raise funds to build the first ever Children’s Cancer Hospital at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, the women’s only marathon record holder said she has other big dreams that will be revealed later.
“Apart from the charity work that I am now involved in, I have other big plans in this retirement period that seem too long for me just like any other sports person who has retired,” revealed Keitany.
“My first race was charity run, the Shoe4africa is now a lifetime and opened doors for me and it has helped me a lot and my focus will be to bring young talents together, advise them on the way forward to a successful the way I managed to do for that long time,” added Keitany.
Keitany, who dominated the New York City marathon, winning four titles in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 before finishing second in 2017 and 2019 and third in 20110 and 2011 also won the London marathon 2017, 2012 and 2011 before finishing second in 2015.
“Since I hanged my spikes the day there is still that I want to do but I feel like doing charity since I have to be active in other ways like supporting other athletes, how to stay safe and well in terms of training,” she added.
She added that her main work now is charity like supporting the community and others and keeping herself active and never being forgotten.
“I don’t want to be forgotten so easily like others have been but when I am involved in many works, my name will still remain on top of the world throughout my life,” said Keitnay