MEDIA RELEASE: Olympian Silver Medalist Paul Chelimo as guest speaker at the 25th Air Force Marathon

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  • By Kimberly Gaither
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – As the Air Force Marathon revs up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, two-time Olympian and one-time silver medalist Paul Chelimo will set the stage for celebration as the renowned guest speaker.

“We are absolutely honored to have Paul Chelimo here for the 25th anniversary of the Air Force Marathon, as he is not simply one of the world’s best runners, but for him to be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces means so much to our entire team, our volunteers, our participants and this entire community,” said Brandon Hough, Air Force Marathon director.

Mr. Chelimo was born in Iten, Kenya then moved to the United States on a running scholarship in 2010. Attending school and graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chelimo joined the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.

Mr. Chelimo has made the sport of running a lifelong goal and often offers advice to those preparing for races.

Hough stated, “Paul continues to be motivation for all runners, in his undying drive and amazing story of success.”

Chelimo rose to the top at the height of the world stage where he medaled at the 2016 Rio Olympics and now competes again for the USA at the Tokyo Olympics.”

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