You may or may not have heard the name Tegla Loroupe. When we heard about her at WoK HQ, we knew that’s he had to be featured as one of our phenomenal women. Tegla was born in Kenya in 1973 and is the proud holder of multiple world records with one of her most notable achievements being that she was the first African woman to win the New York Marathon. An outstanding athlete and fearsome foe in marathons and long distance races she is also a dedicated humanitarian worker advocating for peace through her humanitarian foundation.
On the eve of International Women’s Day it seemed fitting to recognise her due to her international peacekeeping and humanitarian work as well as for her resilience. Little known facts about her include that she learned to run distances when making her journey to school every day across a distance most of us couldn’t comprehend and then later due to her slight frame she struggled to be permitted to compete as a professional athlete but persisted.
The lesson we think she can teach us all is persistence, resilience, ambition, and humility. Her actions demonstrate a leader who flourishes through service to others.