2016 Santa Fe Thunder Honoree

Abraham Kosgei, Peter Koech, Henry Rono, Joseph Karnes

Peter Koech

Peter was one of the first Kenyans to make northern New Mexico his home, and he has opened his heart and home to runners for more than 4 decades. He spoke at the pre-race dinner prior to the first running of Santa Fe Thunder in 2011, and has been a strong supporter of Global Running Culture ever since. Peter held the World Record in the 3000m steeplechase for 3 years and won a Silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the same event.

Peter has inspired us to keep the pace and focus on our objectives. He has constructed many buildings in Kenya over several decades and at the end of two nights of focused discussion of the school we are preparing to build this fall in Abraham’s village of Matunget, Kenya, Peter said “it is simple. I will be there for you and you will make it happen.” He recognized that purchase and shipment of our 72 hp tractor Big Blue will not only provide the power to build the school, in addition the farming business will provide both employment and generate operating funds for the new Kipkalwa School building!