Kelvin Kiptum, the world record holder in the marathon, and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, were killed in an auto accident last Sunday night on a lonely, dark highway in Kenya. 

Kelvin Kiptum was killed almost instantly and his coach, Gervais Hakizamana, died at the scene. 

The news hit social media within minutes of the end of the Millrose Games. Paul Chelimo posted an X text note, hoping that that the reports were wrong. 

RunBlogRun checked in with several major media groups to confirm the sad news. 

Kelvin Kiptum came on the scene in The Valencia Marathon, debuting in 2:01.53. I recall my first reaction, noting to myself, was that a typo? 

It was not. 

Kelvin’s next foray over 26.2 miles was London 2023, where he won, once again, in a new PB of 2:01.22! 

When Kelvin Kiptum showed up at the media sessions in Chicago, he noted he would like to improve, trying not to promise a world record. The media would not settle for such an understatement. 

His race in Chicago was a masterpiece. His last fifteen kilometers was furious, and Kelvin Kiptum broke the men’s world record in the Windy City, for the first time since 1999, when Khalid Khannouchi ran 2:05.42. 

Kelvin Kiptum ran 2:00.35 on October 8, 2023. Just 24 years of age, Kelvin held so much promise.

I was hoping to write about Kelvin Kiptum, Eliud Kipchoge and Tamirat Tola battle through the streets of Paris. 

Kelvin Kiptum and his coach died on the evening of February 11, 2023, on a lonely highway in Kenya. 

He will forever be 24 years old and full of promise. 

Our thoughts and prayer are with Kelvin Kiptum, Gervais Hakizamana, their families, friends, fellow athletes and fans.