"I wake up at 3 a.m. every day to pray for Kipchoge. I pray the rosary," she has told local reporters.
Kipchoge left Kenya on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Monday, Oct. 7 to attempt a sub-2 hour marathon in Vienna. But before he left, the parish he attends when in Nairobi offered Mass for him.
On the eve of his departure, special prayers were offered for him by the congregation of St. Paul's University Catholic Church.
"Kipchoge is a friend of students' choir at St. Paul's University Chapel. Last Sunday we had Mass celebration for Eliud Kipchoge," the chaplain of Nairobi University, Fr. Peter Kaigua told ACI Africa Saturday.
Kaigua described the historic marathoner, Kipchoge as "an inspiration to the youths, a mentor to the young people and a humble man; through him the young people get to know that their dreams can be met."
"Before offering Mass for him last week, we used to talk about him in the university with students. We therefore opted to offer him Mass before going for the marathon race so that God can help him realize his dream," Kaigua added.
"The day for Mass, young people had t-shirts printed in his name," Kaigua told ACI Africa.
During the Mass, Kaigua said that Kipchoge's run "will push his body and his mind to unknown levels and if he ever needed God, and Mother Mary and all the Saints, this is the time -- that is why we are here, praying hard. As Eliud also famously said, 'you cannot train alone and expect to make a fast time... 100 percent of me is nothing compared to one percent of the team.' We are, therefore, going to be Eliud's pacemakers in prayer."
"The university acted as his 'spiritual pacesetter.' His winning is a sign that prayer for young people has been answered," the priest told ACI Africa.
When Kipchoge crossed the finish line, he said that felt himself to be "the happiest man to run under two hours to inspire many people; to tell people that no human is limited, you can do it."
"I am expecting more athletes from all over the world to run under two hours," he added.
Priest, religious, and laity in his native Kenya have praised Kiphchoge as a man of great inspiration. Some interpreting his success in the context of the Church's "Extraordinary Missionary Month," whose theme is "Baptized and Sent."
(Story continues below)
Subscribe to our daily newsletter
At Catholic News Agency, our team is committed to reporting the truth with courage, integrity, and fidelity to our faith. We provide news about the Church and the world, as seen through the teachings of the Catholic Church. When you subscribe to the CNA UPDATE, we'll send you a daily email with links to the news you need and, occasionally, breaking news.
As part of this free service you may receive occasional offers from us at EWTN News and EWTN. We won't rent or sell your information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
"Eliud Kipchoge, baptized and sent! I saw his mother with a white Rosary on her neck. This is just how faith is handed on in the family set up. The mother passes it on to the child," Fr. Samuel Nyattaya of Kenya's Kisumu Archdiocese told ACI Africa.
The priest said he felt "so happily surprised at the demonstration of his Catholic faith!"
"I believe that God is happy to see us putting efforts to maximize our potential. God must have been so happy to see this courageous Kenyan encouraging the entire world with his belief," Sr. Sr. Margaret Mutiso, a member of the Daughters of Sacred Heart, told ACI Africa.
Kipchoge "is advocating for a peaceful world where all live together in harmony and we're not limited to do that," she added.
For his part, Kaigua said that the university parish in Nairobi is already "planning to celebrate another Mass for him in his presence immediately, as soon as he is back in the country."
The priest, and the marathoner, surely have something to thank God for.