A native of Kenya, Mr. Tergat is amongst the world's greatest long distance runners. He has won a total of 13 World Cross-Country Championships, two consecutive World Half Martathon Championships, and two silver Olympic medals for the men's 10,000 meters.
Born in Kenya's Rift Valley to a family of 17 children, Mr. Tergat grew up amid the hardships and rural poverty, often times going to bed hungry and waking up the next morning with an empty stomach. His life changed in 1977 at the age of eight when the World Food Programme introduced school meals in his part of Kenya. The meals gave Mr. Tergat the energy to concentrate in school. Thanks to WFP's school meal's, he was able to overcome hunger and set him down the road to success, winning prestigous championships.
As Ambassador, Mr. Tergat dedidcates his time in support of WFP school feeding programmes. In 2007, he accompanied fellow Ambassador actress Drew Barrymore on a trip his native Kenya where both visited WFP school meal programmes in the notorious Kibera slum of Nairobi. Today, Mr. Tegrat continues to advocate his strong support to WFP's school meals as well as raising awareness about about the global issue of hunger.
Profession: distance runner. Twice Olympic 10,000 metre silver medallist (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000) World marathon record holder, 2003-2007. Winner, 2005 New York marathon.
WFP partner since: January 2004