Why Many Elite Athletes Prefer Eliud Kipchoge’s Favourite Sports Drink Maurten

Why Many Elite Athletes Prefer Eliud Kipchoge’s Favourite Sports Drink Maurten

Martin Moses
updated at May 17, 2023 at 10:47 AM
  • Eliud Kipchoge is undoubtedly the greatest marathoner ever to grace the world
  • He has built his trade and name by consistently breaking barriers
  • One of the silent contributors to his achievements is the Maurten drink which has become a favourite among many elite runners

After death, taxes and Carlo Ancelotti raising his eyebrow when his team is in trouble, the other thing one can be certain of in this life is that Eliud Kipchoge is the greatest marathon runner in history.

Kelvin Kiptum might have sent a strong indication that he is keen on usurping Kipchoge's foothold in road running, but in the here and now, the world record holder remains the greatest we've ever seen.

Eliud Kipchoge, Tokyo Marathon, Maurten Sports Drink
Eliud Kipchoge receives his drink during the Tokyo Olympics marathon race in 2021. Photo by Yasuyuki Kiriake.
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To be Kipchoge and remain at the top, extremely fine details have to go into your preparations. The 38-year-old does almost 200 kilometres every week in training.

Maurten Sports Drink

His mental strength and dedication to his cause have set him apart, but there is an unsung hero, the Maurten sports drink.

If you aren't familiar with the intrigues of road running, you might brush it away under the pretext that water is just water, right? Wrong!

For elite runners like Kipchoge, they need something else to get into the body quickly and literally fuel them across the 42 kilometres stretch. There are often at least 13 stops for water in a marathon. But the Maurten sports drink is not just water.

According to the company's official website, the drink is built on Hydrogel technology. When mixed with water, you have a liquid carbohydrate sports drink containing a high concentration of maltodextrin and fructose.

The thing that makes it stand out is the hydrogel technology which, once it reaches the gastrointestinal tract, is absorbed directly into the body without much problem.

The Hydrogel technology

As Maurten’s Performance Scientist Joshua Rowe explains, when an athlete is running, all the blood flow is often concentrated on the body's muscles, which technically leaves the stomach with nothing to go on.

The company's technology allows for nutrients to be absorbed directly into the body instantly to keep them going.

"With the hydrogel technology, what it allows us to do is take a lot of the pressures away from the GI tract and deliver the nutrients and carbs while the athletes are exercising at high intensity. The result? Athletes can take on a lot more fuel to support their performance," as told to Runners World's Ali Ball.

The successes of the sports drink are out there for everyone to see, having worked with every World Marathon Major winner since 2017, along with other Olympic and World Champions.

Apart from Kipchoge, other athletes who swear by it include retired multiple gold medallist Mo Farah and Kenenisa Bekele as captured by Sweat Elite.

Kipchoge's thoughts on Maurten

Kipchoge has previously heaped praise on the drink.

"I'd like to put it this way — Maurten is a game changer in sport. For a recreational runner, I would explain that the body needs fuel to move for a long time. If recreational runners want to run city marathons, or even ultra marathons, or even go up the mountain — then they need to have Maurten in their pockets," as quoted by the website.

The time taken to deliver the carbohydrates to athlete's bodies was significantly improved, with a traditional drink taking 48 to 51 minutes while the Maurten drink takes 21 minutes.

There you go; the secret is out. Now you just need to see if you can run 200 kilometres weekly and who knows, you could become the next Kipchoge.

Eliud Kipchoge's diet

Sports Brief has previously reported that he remarkably maintained his standards thanks to a diet that consists mainly of proteins and carbohydrates. His weekly training routine sees him clock over 200 kilometres.

His favourite food is ugali, which is common in many Kenyan households. Ugali is made from flour grounded from maize. Kipchoge loves his ugali served with managu, a popular Kenyan vegetable or with beans and potatoes to restore the energy lost during his intense sessions.

The two-time Olympic Gold medalist interchanges ugali with chapati and rice. Chapati is made from wheat flour and traces its origin to India.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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