DP William Ruto left the country Thursday night for Vienna, Austria to attend the highly anticipated INEOS 1:59 challenge in support of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

Speaking at Malinya grounds in Kakamega yesterday, DP Ruto said he would not be able to attend the burial of former Senator Boni Khalwale’s first wife, Adelaide, on Saturday as he will be in Austria on an official capacity.

Ruto noted he will be representing and extending the government’s support to Kipchoge as he attempts to break his won marathon record.

“I would have wished, a lot, to be here on Saturday. However, accept my apologies as I will not be able to come because, as you know, Kenya is a sports nation. Because of that, we have one of us who will be going to make history by becoming the first man to run a marathon in under two hours,” Ruto said.

“Kenyans have said that their government must be represented when that history is made. For that reason, President Uhuru Kenyatta and I have agreed that I will go to ensure the flag of Kenya is flown high.”

Also set to cheer the 34-year-old Olympic champion is DP Ruto’s wife, Rachel Ruto – who took to Twitter to announce she will be in Vienna.

“Just like We did in 2017 in Monza, Italy, when he broke the world record running the marathon in 2:00:25*, We will be there once again in Vienna, Austria, cheering him on as the greatest marathoner of all time.”